Anne Strachan Robertson

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Anne Strachan Robertson

Born(1910-05-03)3 May 1910
Died4 October 1997(1997-10-04) (aged 87)
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
University of London
AwardsCowan Medal
Medal of the Royal Numismatic Society (1964)
Huntington Medal, American Numismatic Society (1970)[1]
Scientific career
Fieldsarchaeology, numismatics
InstitutionsUniversity of Glasgow
Hunterian Museum

Professor Anne Strachan Robertson FRSE FSA FSA Scot FNA DLitt (3 May 1910 – 4 October 1997) was an archaeologist, numismatist and writer, who was a professor of archaeology at the University of Glasgow and a keeper of coin collections at the Hunterian Museum. She was recognised by her research regarding Roman Imperial coins and as "a living link with the pioneers of archaeological research".[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Anne Strachan Robertson was born in Glasgow on 3 May 1910. Her parents, Margaret Purden and John Anderson Robertson, were both school teachers.[4]

She was educated in Glasgow at Hillhead High School and the Glasgow High School for Girls. In 1928 she attended the University of Glasgow, where she was impressed by the work and teachings of S.N. Miller relating to Roman History. In 1930 Robertson won the Cowan Medal and she obtained the approval of Sir George MacDonald, then Honorary Keeper of the Hunterian Coin Cabinet.[2] After graduating with first class honours in Classics in 1932, she started her studies in archaeology at the University of London.

In London, she obtained different scholarships to participate in Mortimer Wheeler's excavations, to work at the Coin Room of the British Museum, and to write several academic papers on numismatics.[4] She graduated in 1934, having acquired considerable experience in archaeological methods, particularly as result of her participation in Wheeler's excavation of Maiden Castle.[5]


In 1938 she joined the staff of the University of Glasgow involved in the curation of the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery. In 1952 she became Under (Deputy) Keeper of the Museum and also became a Reader in archaeology at the University. In 1974 she was given the honorary title of Professor and became the Keeper of Roman Archaeology at the museum. In 1975 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Her proposers were Alex Haddow, Robert Alexander Rankin, Stuart Piggott, Sheina Marshall, Edward McGirr and Agnes Miller.[6]

She was President of the Glasgow Archaeological Society 1954 to 1957.



  • An Antonine Fort: Golden Hill, Duntocher (Edinburgh, 1957)
  • The Antonine Wall: A Handbook to the Roman Wall between Forth and Clyde and a Guide to its Surviving Remains (Glasgow, 1960; 5th edn., rev. and ed. by L. Keppie, 2001)
  • The Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, 5 vols. (1962-1982)
  • The Roman Fort at Castledykes, (Edinburgh, 1964)
  • Birrens (Blatobulgium) (Edinburgh, 1975)
  • (with M. Scott and L. Keppie), Bar Hill: A Roman Fort and its Finds, (Oxford,1975)
  • An Inventory of Romano-British Coin Hoards, Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication 20 (2000).


  • ‘Roman Finds from Non-Roman Sites in Scotland’, Britannia, vol. I (1970), pp. 198–226
  • ‘The Romans in North Britain: The Coin Evidence’, in Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt, pt. 2, vol. 3 (Berlin, 1975), pp. 364–428


  1. ^ Keppie, Lawrence. "Anne S. Robertonson" (PDF). extract from the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 127.
  2. ^ a b "Obituary: Professor Anne Robertson". The Independent. 15 November 1997. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  3. ^ "University of Glasgow :: Story :: Biography of Anne Robertson". Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b Pipes, Rose (2006). The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women. Edinburgh University Press. p. 304.
  5. ^ "Famous Numismatists – Les Grands Numismates" (PDF).
  6. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.