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Robert STEDMAN was born 1667 in Edinburgh, UK. He died 1738 in Edinburgh, UK.

Robert STEDMAN's wife was Margaret JOWSIE. They were married 20 JAN 1697 in Edinburgh, UK. Their 4 known children were Edward STEDMAN, John STEDMAN, Alexander STEDMAN and Charles STEDMAN.


OccupationMariner, shipowner


Robert STEDMAN, born in 1667, seems early to have been prepossessed in favour of a maritime life. He became the owner and commander of a ship which traded between Borrowstowness and Holland. He extended his voyages to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, and, in course of time, became possessed of no fewer than 13 ships. He amassed considerable wealth, which he ultimately lost. He died in 1738. By his wife, Margaret, daughter of Edward Jossey of West Pans, East Lothian, he had several sons. Edward, the eldest, born in 1699, was minister of Haddington, and died in 1756. Alexander, the 3d son, born in 1703, and educated for the Scottish bar, was distinguished as a sound lawyer and profound mathematician. He joined the Pretender in 1745, and, with his brothers, John and Charles, was taken prisoner at Culloden. They all effected their escape, Alexander and Charles to America, and John to Rotterdam. Alexander settled in Philadelphia, where he practiced his profession with great success, and having made his peace with the mother country, was appointed a judge of the supreme court of Pennsylvania, March 19, 1764. On the declaration of Independence of the American Colonies, he returned to Scotland, and subsequently went to Swansea, in Wales, where he died at the advanced age of 91.