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General James Robertson (1710–1788) was the civil governor of the Province of New York from 1779 to 1783.

He was born in Fife, Scotland about 1710. He came to the American colonies in 1756 as a Major of the royal American troops. He became a lieutenant colonel on July 8, 1758. He was for many years barrack master in New York. He was promoted colonel and was the commander of the 60th Regiment of Foot on January, 1776. He commanded a brigade at the Battle of Long Island. He was commissioned a Major General in August, 1777. He was appointed civil governor of New York in 1779 and arrived in New York City in March, 1780. He was replaced as commandant of New York City was Major General James Pattison. He was made a lieutenant general November, 1782 and returned to England in April, 1783. He was replaced as governor by Andrew Elliot in 1783.

He died in England, March 4, 1788.

Preceded by
William Tryon
Governor of the Province of New York
1780–1783
Succeeded by
Andrew Elliot

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