The Robertson Family.
Robertson family of St. Andrews has just as much to do with the modern game of
golf as the entire country of Scotland. The years of 1750 to 1850 are noted for
the generation when golf truly came to be and was the time period in which many
of the most famous golf club collection was founded and some of the most famous players
gained their fame.
time, not only were club makers very popular and gaining momentum but so were
the ball makers. Those that loved the game of golf started getting together for
meetings where they would play matched round of golf that were organised and
were divided into amateur and pro players.
Robertson family were famous ball makers in St. Andrews as well as avid players.
Allan Robertson described by many as the first professional golfer has all kinds
of stories written about his antics and matches on the course. Not much is
mentioned about his grandfather, Peter but he was also a huge fan of golf and
those that did tell his story described him as a professional golfer. Even
though the tales of Peter’s golf games are not written for all to see, we can
learn more about Allan Robertson. One tale of a golf game between Willie Dunn
and Allan Robertson is very famous and has been told for years. The game was 20
rounds spread out over ten days and only two rounds per day. Robertson won the
challenge with “two rounds up with one to play” in 1843.
Robertson family was very influential in the game of golf, tracing back to 1610
when Thomas Budd’s, a ball maker in St. Andrews, daughter married a Robertson.
From this union forward, the family held on the trade of ball making with at
least four different Robertson’s carrying on the trade during the mid 18th
century. Allan may be more known for his actions on the course than in the
creation of the golf balls as he has the title of the first man to break 80 in
1853 on the Old Course.
if you are talking about the game of golf whether on the course or behind the
scenes creating the balls, the name Robertson is one that must be revered for