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Ralph Robb (22 April 1800 – July 1850) was a Scottish clergyman.

He was born in Manor Peebles, a farm within Logie Parish, Perthshire. He was the ninth of ten children of former maltman and farmer William Rob (1749-1818), son of farmer John Rob (1698-1764) and his second wife Agnes Wright (1709-1778), and Lilias Jaffray (1756-1820), daughter of Robert Jaffray and Lilias Hill of St. Ninian's parish. William and Lilias had been married in Stirling and St. Ninian's on 15 February 1784. Robb was educated at Glasgow University, and was ordained to the Original Secession Church, Strathkiness (St Andrews) on 24 July 1827. On 8 September 1830 he married Margaret Carmichael and they had seven children, six of whom later settled in Canada.

Robb was instrumental in uniting the Associate Burgher Synod, of which he was Moderator in 1835, with the Church of Scotland. He joined the Church of Scotland in 1839, but only four years later he joined the new Free Church of Scotland that withdrew from the established Church of Scotland following the Disruption of 1843. Although he was minister of the Free Church in Strathkiness in 1843, he soon emigrated to Nova Scotia, serving first as Pastor to the St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Halifax. In so doing he became the first Free Church Minister to settle in the New World. From 1847 until his death in July 1850, he served the Free Colonial Church/Knox Presbyterian Church, in Hamilton, Ontario. His obituary in the Free Church Magazine of 1851 includes the following;

His labours, first at Halifax and latterly at Hamilton, are identified with the history of the Colonial Free Church, and many will bless the memory of this good man, called away in the midst of his days and usefulness.

Sources; Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae ("the succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation") by Hew Scott, new edition published at Edinburgh from 1915 to 1928 (7 volumes) with four more recent volumes taking the coverage up to 1999.



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