Robert Pitcairn (antiquary)

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Robert Pitcairn's grave, New Calton Cemetery

Robert Pitcairn (14 August 1793–11 July 1855) FRSE was a Scottish antiquary and scholar who contributed to works published by Walter Scott and the Bannatyne Club.[1] He was the author of Criminal Trials and other Proceedings before the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland (1829-1833).[2] He was head of the Edinburgh Printing and Publishing Company and secretary of the Calvin Translating Society[3] Pitcairn was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland,[4] and a Writer to His Majesty’s Signet,[5] and a member of the Maitland Club.


He was born in Edinburgh in 1793, second son of Robert Pitcairn. Principal Keeper at Register House, and Jean Kincaid.

He was admitted to the Society of Writers to HM Signet 21 November 1815. He was a friend and collaborator of Sir Walter Scott, often obtaining historical information for his use. He married Hester Hine Hunt, daughter of Henry Hunt, on 4 September 1839. He died of heart disease in Edinburgh in 1855. [6]

He is buried in New Calton Cemetery in a vault adjacent to the Stevenson vault.


  1. ^ Oxford Biography Index Number 101022318 Pitcairn, Robert (1793–1855) Primary authority: Oxford DNB
  2. ^ John Gibson Lockhart: Robert Pitcairn (1793-1855) Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "... By ROBERT PITCAIRN, Esq., F.S.A. Scot."
  5. ^ History-of-Fife-Pitcairns
  6. ^ Oxford National Dictionary of Biography