Robert Kemp

1 September 1884–27 October 1936 (Age 52)
Pencaitland, Haddingtonshire, Scotland

The Life of Robert

When Robert Kemp was born on 1 September 1884, in Pencaitland, Haddingtonshire, Scotland, his father, Robert Kemp, was 38 and his mother, Marion Lawson Dalgleish, was 35. He married Davina Hilston on 6 July 1924, in Inveresk, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. He lived in Gladsmuir, Haddingtonshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1891 and Prestonkirk, Haddingtonshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1901. He died on 27 October 1936, in Dirleton, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 52.

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Robert Kemp
Davina Hilston
Marriage: 6 July 1924

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6 July 1924
Inveresk, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom

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World Events (8)

1885 · Creation of the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Age 1

The post of Secretary for Scotland was established in 1885 after the need arose after establishing different departments for the benefit of the communities.
1890 · Opening of the Forth Railway Bridge.

Age 6

The Forth Bridge is a railway bridge across the Firth of Forth river in the east of Scotland, 9 miles west of Edinburgh City Center. It is considered as a symbol of Scotland and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was opened on 4 March and was the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world until 1919. It is still in operation.
1902 · The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition

Age 18

The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition was organized and led by William Speirs Bruce. Him along with Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition completed an exploration of Antarctica. They established the first manned meteorological station, the Orcadas, in 1903 and discovered new land east of the Weddell Sea. The expedition was described as the most cost-effective and carefully planned scientific expedition of the Heroic Age. The Orcadas weather station has been in continuous operation ever since.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, Dutch, and North German: status name for a champion, Middle English and Middle Low German kempe. In the Middle Ages a champion was a professional fighter on behalf of others; for example the King's Champion, at the coronation, had the duty of issuing a general challenge to battle to anyone who denied the king's right to the throne. The Middle English word corresponds to Old English cempa and Old Norse kempa ‘warrior’; both these go back to Germanic campo ‘warrior’, which is the source of the Dutch and North German name, corresponding to High German Kampf .2 Dutch: metonymic occupational name for someone who grew or processed hemp, from Middle Dutch canep ‘hemp’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Robert Kemp in household of Robert Kemp, "Scotland Census, 1901"
  • Robert Kemp in household of Robert Kemp, "Scotland Census, 1891"

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