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Historian, Rannoch Research
Holy Cross Research Fellow

Allen B. RobertsonAllen Robertson is an author, historical consultant, and genealogical researcher. He did his M.A. in History at Acadia, and received his Doctorate in History from Queen’s University, Kingston.

Allen is a feature contributor to Celtic Heritage Magazine and its successor, Celtic Life International (including an article on Old St. Peter’s Graveyard next to St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica), and a contributor to theDictionary of Canadian Biography andBlackwell’s Dictionary of Evangelical Biography. He is a former member of the Advisory Council on Heritage Properties in Nova Scotia (two terms, 2000-2007), and prior to the initial appointment, served as a Researcher for the Council. He is a former representative of Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica for the Parks Canada Family of Federal Heritage Sites in Nova Scotia.

Among reports he has prepared are: “Irish Roman Catholics of Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1820s-1850s: Report on Occupations and Catholic Societies Participation with Regard to Class Structure” (Under contract to Dr. Terrence Murphy, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, N.S., 2012); “Irish Roman Catholics of Halifax, Nova Scotia 1840s – 1850s: Revisiting Occupations and Catholic Societies, and Clerical Division after the arrival of Bishop William Walsh” (Under contract to Dr. Terrence Murphy, Saint Mary’s University, 2012); “Report on Return of Saint Mary’s Basilica Artefacts from Film Loan (‘The Conclave’) 2005; and “Our Lady of the Assumption: Report on the Central Panel of the Sanctuary in Saint Mary’s Basilica, Halifax, N.S.” (2004).

Relevant Publications

  • Robertson, Allen B. (2000). John Wesley’s Nova Scotia Businessmen: Halifax Methodist Merchants 1815-1855. Bern: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.
  • Robertson, Allen B. (1996). Tide & Timber: Hantsport, Nova Scotia 1795-1995. Hantsport: Global Heritage Press. (Republished 2001).
  • Robertson, Allen B. and Carolene E. B. Robertson (eds). (1989). Memoir of Mrs. Eliza Ann Chipman, Wife of the Rev. William Chipman of Pleasant Valley, Cornwallis. Hantsport: Lancelot Press.
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