Hercules Robertson, Lord Benholme

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Hercules James Robertson, Lord Benholme (13 October 1795 – 15 September 1874)[1] was a Scottish judge. He became a Senator of the College of Justice in 1853.


76 Great King Street, Edinburgh

Born in Edinburgh, he was the son of George Robertson-Smith and his wife Isabelle Smith.[2]

Robertson was educated at the High School and then studied Law at the University of Edinburgh.[2] He was called to the Scottish bar in 1817.[2] Robertson was Sheriff of Renfrewshire in 1842 and was appointed a Lord of Session assuming the judicial title Lord Benholme, after his mother's family seat.[3]

He lived with his family at 76 Great King Street, a very large Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh's Second New Town.[4]

He died in Edinburgh on 15 September 1874.


On 7 July 1829, he married Ann Wilhelmina Hope (d.1842), the youngest daughter of Charles Hope, Lord Granton.[5] They had four sons and two daughters.[5] [1]

His son David Robertson became a minister and married Eleanor Charlotte Dalrymple-Fergusson, daughter of Sir Charles Dalrymple Fergusson, 5th Baronet of Kilkerran.[6]


  1. ^ a b Watt, James Crabb (1893). John Inglis, Lord Justice-General of Scotland: A Memoir. W. Green & Sons. p. 489. 
  2. ^ a b c Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. p. 114. 
  3. ^ Anderson, William (1863). The Scottish Nation. vol. III. Edinburgh: A. Fullarton & Co. p. 412. 
  4. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1857-8
  5. ^ a b Debrett, John (1870). Robert Henry Mair, ed. Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench. London: Dean & Son. pp. 428–429. 
  6. ^ http://www.thepeerage.com/p40606.htm#i406054