Tullibody History Group
Robert, with his sisters and brother, attended the Barony School in Tullibody. The school was founded and partly funded by the Abercromby family and Robert was an apt scholar. Plans to send him to college were prevented, when his father remarried and started a second family. When Robert was ten the family moved to Dam’s Burn near Menstrie. The Ochil Hills rose right behind the house and Robert could ramble up the burn and explore the hills, where his love of Nature flourished and his interest in plants and stones began.
Robert returned to Tullibody aged 13 when he was apprenticed to the baker, Mr Aikman, whose shop stood at the crossroads where the post office is now. While delivering bread to neighbouring villages he continued to build up his collection of local plants and insects.
“IN THIS HOUSE WAS BORN,JANUARY 1811
BAKER, THURSO BOTANIST AND GEOLOGIST
WHOSE LIFE, SPENT IN THE PURSUIT
OF SCIENCE,AMID MANY DIFFICULTIES,
IS AN INSPIRATION AND EXAMPLE”
21ST SEPTEMBER 1918
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