If I have tracked my family back correctly, they came from the Deal, Kent, area of England to the United States. But, reportedly they were originally from Scotland. I have been trying to find the reason why they moved. I found the following post from a John Roberts who is originally from Scotland but migrated to the Kent area in recent years. It’s at http://www.clansandnames.org/forum/read.php?1,103.
“The Roberts family originated in the highlands of Scotland. During the Reign of Malcolm a member of the Roberts family caused offence to a member of Malcolm’s family which resulted in that part of the Roberts family leaving Scotland and settling in Kent, Southern England. They flourished there for several years around the existing town of Robertsbridge. The Roberts family split 3 ways. One part stayed in the Kent area, a second part moved to East Anglia and the 3rd part moved to Wales. When the problem with King Malcolm occurred, half the family remained in Scotland. So it becomes difficult to determine your true lineage. At the time of Culloden, many Scots went to America and Canada, while others went to the far East. An example of the Roberts in East Anglia is the former Prime Minister of the UK, Margaret Thatcher, whose maiden name was Roberts. I am Scottish, born in Glasgow, moved to London when 13, married with 3 children who now live in Kent. So I took Scottish Roberts to live alongside their ancient family.”
John Roberts January 12, 2013 06:33AM