Robert(6) Home HOPKIRK was the fifth son of William(5) HOPKIRK and Isabella HOME.

In the future we hope to have a brief biography about Robert, written by one of his descendants, included here.

Robert was born on 30 Dec 1816, in Melrose, Scotland.  He died on 14 June 1900, in New Zealand.

On 8 July 1852, Robert HOPKIRK and a Miss WOOD had a daughter named Anne E. HOPKIRK.  Anne travelled to New Zealand with Robert's younger brother Alexander and Alexander's children in 1875.  Please read Alexander's letters, after they are posted on this site, to understand the hardships of the day, and the difficulty in deciding if and where to go to raise his large motherless family.  Click on Anne's name above to she her family. Memo: In the 1851 census we find Robert was 32, unmarried Shoemaker, living with his parents in Gattonside. A neighbor, very close by, is Ann Wood, head of household, age 32, a Joiner's wife, and children John, age 6, Maragret age 5, Janet age 2, Alice age 5 month, and her mother Margaret Ormiston, age 55, a grocer. Ann Wood's husband has left the home. It is very likely that this Ann Wood is the mother of Anne E Hopkirk. 

Robert was one of the founding members of St. James Presbyterian Church at Newtown, opened in 1882. To read the fascinating story about this church and the contributions of Robert Hopkirk towards the founding of St. James, please go here.

Robert Home Hopkirk married Catherine GREIG on 17 Nov 1863 in Melrose, Scotland. Catherine GREIG was born on 23 Aug 1832, and she died on 14 July 1916. (See their picture below) They had the following children:

     Janet(7)(Jessie) Home HOPKIRK,  born 30 dec 1864, Melrose, Scotland.   She died in 1916.

     Robert(7) Alexander HOPKIRK, born 20 Jun 1866, Perth, Scotland

     Margeret(7) Isabella HOPKIRK, born 19 Mar 1868, Perth, Scotland.  She died in 1891.

     William(7) James HOPKIRK, born 29 Jan !870, Perth, Scotland.  He died 18 Dec 1920.

     Marion(7) Brewster HOPKIRK, born 29 Jun 1872, Perth, Scotland.  She died in 1949.  Photo of Marion Hopkirk around 1900

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Graeme Glass of

New Zealand for

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