Robert Irvine - Writer to the Signet

Robert Irvine

Born 1704
Died 1772


He is probably the Mr. Robert Irvine, W.S. (Writer to the Signet) who married Mary Veitch, daughter of William Veitch of Elleock, and a sister of Lord Eliock, in January, 1764. According to Boswell (BJJ, p. 69) a writer in Edinburgh and a very good plain man and more genteel than usual. According to a note in CJJ (p. 39n1), Writer to the Signet, third son of William Irving of Bonshaw.

Life with Boswell: 

Boswell met with him at Dumfries on October 6, 1762, and went with him to Kelhead. On the next day they dined at the house of Irvine's nephew at Bonshaw.