SEPT NAME - INCHES
by James E. Fargo, FSA Scot
Inches (Robertsons of Inches and Kindeace)
This Robertson branch moved to the Inverness area during the reign of James I in the early 1400s and were the descendants of Duncan, second son of Duncan, 3rd chief of the clan. This Duncan Duncanson settled in Inverness as a merchant. In 1544 at the "Battle of the Shirts" at Loch Lochy between the clan Fraser and the MacDonalds of Clanranald, his descendant John Robertson (known as "Stalwart John") was the standard bearer to Lord Lovat and one of only four survivors on the Fraser side. One of his sons named William purchased the lands of Kindeace. In 1619, Stalwart John's grandson, another John Robertson acquired the barony of Inches. He extended the property until it stretched from the shore of the Moray Firth up to the Mackintosh lands at Daviot. The family took the name of their estate after 1746 to avoid potential conflicts with the English garrison at Inverness. During the Napoleonic Wars, a Fencible regiment was raised known as the Inches Volunteers for defense against a possible French invasion. The estates were lost in the 1880s.
Reid, Major J. Robertson, "A Short History of the Clan Robertson", 1933
Robertson, David, "Brief Account of the Clan Donnachaidh", 1894
Robertson, James, "Chiefs of Clan Donnachaidh 1275-1745", 1929