January 1, 2011.
It's with great regret that I have to report that Ed Robson, originator of the Robson FamilyTreeDNA Project and its long time coordinator died on May 21st 2010. Ed asked me to become a co-coordinator of the project only a month before he died. I will take on the full Coordinator role for the Project from now on but Ed will be a hard act to follow.
I'm sorry to inform the Robson DNA project members that Thomas Alan William (TAW) Robson, member no. 90103, died suddenly on 20 June, 2008 in White Rock, British Columbia. I also have learned the sad news that Ralph John Robson, our member no. 77798, died at St. Joseph's Convent, Bognor Regis, West Sussex on 9 April 2008. You may or may not be aware that Ralph wrote and published a book entitled, The Rise and Fall of the English Highland Clans, Tudor Responses to a Mideaval Problem. It is an excellent, scholarly read about the history of the border reivers. Here is the original announcement of the Robson Encyclopaedia Project on the Centre for Life website: ROBSONS SOUGHT FOR CLAN RESEARCH, November 16, 2006, Call goes out to Robson clan Centre for Life Undertakes DNA Testing To Trace Reiver Clan Members Here are some articles in Newcastle-upon-Tyne newspapers discussing the Centre for Life Robson Encyclopaedia Project: Reiver genes, Nov 18 2006, By The Evening Chronicle Robson gene, Nov 18 2006, By The Journal Together forever, Nov 19 2006, By Ian Robson, The Sunday Sun Robson tribe comes to gape at DNA technology, Nov 27 2006, By Paul Bradley, The Journal Hello Mr Robson, I think we're related!, Nov 27 2006, By Craig Hope, The Evening Chronicle 'Border Reiver' families to spill their blood for genetics research, 28.11.2006, Melanie Reed, Source: alphagalileo Reivers ready to spill their blood again, Nov 29 2006, By Tony Henderson, The Journal Robsons rally to help out; 06 December 2006, Morpeth Today Test keeps it in the family, Dec 10 2006, By Ian Robson, The Sunday Sun Grudge match under scrutiny, Jan 7 2007, By Ian Robson, The Sunday Sun History detective on trail of Robson clan, 29 March 2007, Morpeth Herald Mr Robson was the grandad of them all, Jun 8 2007, By Audrey Forbes, The Journal The swizz family Robsons, Jun 10 2007, By Ian Robson, The Sunday Sun Robson Encyclopaedia by the Institute of Human Genetics, Newcastle University, commissioned by the Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne, England Border Reivers DNA Research, Posted by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D. 11 June 2007 Robson Encyclopaedia, Centre for Life, News from Life, November 1, 2007