Rob's Genealogy

Featuring the Cobb-Reyes-Bauer-Woodson families and their relations.

Person Page 153

William Robert Duncan1,2

born 7 January 1627/28, died 2 January 1690/91

Family: Sarah Haldane (born 1635, died 1701)

Facts and Notes

  • Title: Reverend1
  • Birth: 7 January 1627/28; Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandB; Margaret's genealogy lists the birth year as 1620 and the Yate's compilation of marriage records lists it as 1730, while the findagrave database indicates it was 1727/28.1,3,2
  • Education: 1648; King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandB; Degree in Theology1
  • Marriage: 29 August 1657; Sarah Haldane; Glasgow, Lanarkshire, ScotlandB; Unknown source listed 20 Aug 1656/57 as marriage date. LDS site lists her last name as HALDANE.2,3,1
  • Occupation: Before 1690; ScotlandB; Covenant Presbyterian Minister3,1
  • Anecdote: Before 1690; ScotlandB; See person note below1
  • Death: 2 January 1690/91; Glasgow, Lanarkshire, ScotlandB; See person note below3,1
  • Burial: After 2 January 1690/91; Mount Schiehallion, Perthshire, ScotlandB1
  • Note: According to the memorial to William Duncan posted on, William was a Covenant Presbyterian Minister who refused to take a Jacobite Oath when ordered to do so by King Charles of England. In accordance with the King's orders, he was beheaded in or near Glasgow on either 1 or 2 January 1690/91. near Glasgow, Lanard, Scotland, and was buried at the foot of mount "Shiehaliob" (probably Schiehallion, a prominent mountain in Perth and Kinross, Scotland). Following his beheading, his family fled the country to the Northern Neck of Virginia in the United States.


  1. [S489], UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current, (the Findagrave memorial for Rev William Robert Duncan is posted at
  2. [S425] Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Source number: 841.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: BB1, Record for Sarah Haldane
  3. [S439] , McNaull, Margaret, Personal Family Tree, Margaret McNaull Genealogical Records, Copies sent to Marianna Cobb on 11 May 1993.