Biographies

ROBERTS, GERALD HOLGATE 1923-2016
Falkland Islands

dental surgeon, was born at Stanley on 10 May 1923, the eldest son of Captain David William ROBERTS and Annis Marjorie ROBERTS, née Holgate. He attended the Government school at Stanley until 1931...

ROBERTSON, CHARLES HONEYMAN (Charlie) 1900 - 1981
Falkland Islands

was born in Stanley in 1900 the only child of a New Zealander James Robertson, who was employed as government stock inspector and Theresa Louisa Robertson, née Carey.

In 1909 the family moved to...

ROBERTSON, JAMES (Jim) 1867 - 1943
New Zealand

farmer, was born in Brightwater, New Zealand, the third of 11 children of James Robertson and Jane née Honeyman.

He worked for Nelson Bros Freezing Company in Blenheim prior to his departure for...

ROBERTSON, JAMES RICHARD (Jimmy) 1931 - 2020
Falkland Islands

farm manager, was born at Stanley on 14 March 1931 the elder son of Charles ROBERTSON and Anne, née Chave. In 1934, his grandfather retired and his father took over as farm manager. At ten he...

ROBINSON, MURRELL ROBINSON 1820 - 1900
England

surveyor and engineer was born in Southwark on 20 August, son of Macleod Robinson ('Gentleman') and his wife Anna Maria Sophia (presumably née Robinson). He worked with the Ordnance Survey in...

ROBINSON, Sir WILLIAM CLEAVER FRANCIS 1834 - 1897
Ireland

governor, was born on 14 January 1834, the fifth son of Admiral Hercules Robinson of Rosmead, Co Westmeath, by the only daughter and heir of Henry Widman Wood. After being educated at the Royal...

ROCA, JULIO ARGENTINO 1843 - 1914
Argentina

Argentine president, was born in Tucuman in 1843, the fourth son of Don José Segundo Roca and Agustina, née Paz. He entered the Colegio Nacional in Concepcion del Uruguay (which is in Argentina) in...

ROCHÉ, ANTONIO de la fl 1675
England

discoverer of South Georgia, was born in London, the son of a French father.

The sole authority for his discovery is a book by the Spanish historian Francisco Seixas y Lovera: Descripción...

ROEL, RUDOLPH 1913 - 1982
Netherlands

Dutch Roman Catholic priest, was born on 22 November 1913 in Amsterdam. He was educated at the Mill Hill Fathers' colleges in Tilburg and Roosendaal in Holland and at Mill Hill in north London. He...

ROGERS, WOODES 1679 - 1732
England

privateer and colonial governor, was born in Poole, Dorset in about 1679, the son and grandson of sea-captains of the same name. He first went to sea from Bristol in 1697. In 1705 he married Sarah,...

ROGGEVEEN, JACOB 1659 - 1729
Netherlands

Dutch navigator, sailed from the Texel in August 1721 with three ships, Den Arend (The Eagle) Thienhoven [a placename] and De Africaansche Galey (The African Galley), to sail round the world. He...

ROSAS, JUAN MANUEL ORTIZ de 1793 - 1877
Argentina

Argentine dictator, was born in Buenos Aires on 30 March 1793, the eldest son of León Ortiz de Rosas and Augustina López de Osornio. From a wealthy landowning family, Rosas was noted in the young...

ROSS, Sir JAMES CLARK 1800 - 1862
England

rear admiral, Arctic and Antarctic navigator, was born in Finsbury Square, London, on 15 April 1800, son of George Ross and Christian, née Clark. George Ross, originally from Wigtonshire, traded as...

ROTCH, FRANCIS 1750 - 1822
United States

American whaler, was born in Nantucket, Mass on 30 September 1750, son of Joseph Rotch, the foremost whaling merchant in the American colonies and Love Coffin, née Macy, daughter of two of...

ROUTLEDGE, ROBERT McKILLIAM ?1855 - 1907
Scotland

judge and colonial secretary, was the sixth son of William Routledge, manufacturer of Aberdeen. He studied at Aberdeen University and was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1879 and was a member...

ROWE, ERNESTO GUILLERMO 1896 - 1975
Argentina

businessman and character, was born in Rosario, in the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina, on 11 January 1896, the eldest of four children of Richard Lawson Rowe, originally from South Shields and his...

ROWEN, JOHN ENGLISH 1837 - 1914
United States

last United States consul at Stanley (1898 – 1908), was born on 28 July 1827 at Thompsonville, Connecticut to Irish immigrant parents. At an early age he was put to work in a carpet factory so he...

ROWLANDS, EDWARD (Ted) b 1940
Wales

minister and parliamentarian, was born in Porth Cawl, South Wales on 23 January 1940, the son of WS Rowlands and Hilda, née Weeks. He was educated at Rhondda and Wirral Grammar Schools and went to...

ROWLANDS, HAROLD THEODORE 1931 - 2004
Falkland Islands

financial secretary and councillor, was born in Stanley on 10 July 1931, the youngest of three children of Conrad Rowlands and Lucy, née Larson. His brother was John ROWLANDS (b.1928) and his...

ROWLANDS, JOHN RICHARD 1928 - 2000
Falkland Islands

business man and councillor, was born in Stanley on 3 April 1928, the eldest child of Conrad Rowlands and Lucy, née Larson. His brother was Harold ROWLANDS (b.1931) and his sister was Betty BIGGS ...

ROXA, ANTONINA c 1807 - 1869
Argentina (also Uruguay)

character, was born in the River Plate area and was apparently of mixed race - she was sometimes described as "an Indian princess". She arrived in the islands aboard theSarandíon 6 October 1832,...

RUDD, JOHN ROGERS 1827 - 1864
England

Camp manager, was born probably in or near Exeter in 1827. He came from farming stock and by 1844 he was resident in the Falklands and in the employ of John Bull WHITINGTON at Anson. By 1847 he was...

RUDDY, HENRY 1906-1972
England

naval officer, vet and customs and administrative officer South Georgia.

Ruddy was born in Belfast on 18 January 1906, the son of Robert and Mary Jane Ruddy.Despite the ‘troubles’ with local...

RUIZ PUENTE, FELIPE fl 1767
Spain

Spanish naval officer. Capitán de navío Felipe Ruiz Puente was the first Spanish comandante gobernador of the Spanish settlement at Puerto de la Soledad (Port Louis). On 17 October 1766 Ruiz Puente...

RYAN, ALFREDO ROBERTO LUCIO 1902 - 1990
Gibraltar (also Argentina)

Argentine entrepreneur, was born in Gibraltar on 26 August 1902, the son of an Irishman Ernest A Ryan and his wife Magdalena Navas. Ryan's grandfather, who hailed from Cork, had supposedly set foot...