Robert Rose (1703 - 1751) MP

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Death: Died in Richmond , Virginia, United States
Occupation: Rector of Albemarle Parish
Managed by: Catherine "Erin" Spiceland
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About Robert Rose

  • from Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume II VIII--Prominent Persons

Was born in Scotland in 1705, was ordained for the ministry, and came to Virginia in 1725, where he was given charge of St. Anne's parish, Essex county. In 1746 he had charge of St. Anne's parish, Nelson county. He was a remarkably active and zealous preacher and man of affairs. His journal shows that he was a kind of universal genius. When the city of Richmond was to be laid out, he was invited to lend his counsel. While thus engaged he sickened and died, and was buried in the yard of St. John's Church. He died June 30, 1751, in his forty-seventh year, and his tombstone testifies to "his extraordinary genius and capacity in all the polite and useful arts of life." He had four brothers in Virginia, one of whom was Rev. Charles Rose, of Cople parish, Westmoreland county. He had four sons--Hugh, Patrick, Henry and Charles--who have left numerous descendants.



Diary of the Rev. Robert Rose (1704-1751), minister of St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Va., 1727-1748, where he succeeded the Rev. John Bagge, and of St. Anne's Parish, Albemarle County, Va., 1748-1751. The fact that Rose was named an executor of his estate by lieutenant governor Alexander Spotswood adds to the impression that Rose was a friend, and perhaps a protégé, of the governor.

The diary reveals Rose as a planter, businessman, surveyor, doctor, and lawyer, as well as a minister and a frequent traveler between Albemarle and Essex counties. In making these trips he passed through Stafford, Spotsylvania, Louisa, Orange, and Culpeper counties, visiting the leading families and sometimes preaching, performing marriages, or baptizing. He visited friends in western Virginia, going as far as the Cow Pasture River, sleeping out in cold weather, and drinking "wretched" whiskey for want of something better. There are three entries for visits to Williamsburg. Most of the entries are brief, but there is a long exposition, dated August 28, 1750, on the curing of tobacco.

The diary fills the second half of the volume which also contains the Edmund Bagge Account Book.

Ralph Emmet Fall, ed. The Diary of Robert Rose: A View of Virginia by a Scottish Colonial Parson, 1746-1751 (Verona, Va., 1977).


  1. Ancestors and descendants of the brothers Rev. Robert Rose and Rev. Charles Rose of Colonial Virginia and Wester Alves, Morayshire, Scotland: with information on their brothers Patrick, James, Hugh, George, and Alexander. Privately published by Rose Family Association, 1985.


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Rev. Robert Rose's Timeline

February 12, 1703
November 6, 1740
Age 37
St Pauls Parish, Stafford, Virginia, USA
Age 39
July 4, 1745
Age 42
Essex, Virginia, USA
June 30, 1751
Age 48
Richmond , Virginia, United States
Richmond, Virginia, United States