Anne Strachan Robertson

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Anne Strachan Robertson (3 May 1910 – 4 October 1997) was an archaeologist, numismatist and writer who was a professor of archaeology at the University of Glasgow and a keeper of coin collections at the Hunterian Museum. She was recognized by her research regarding Roman Imperial coins and as "a living link with the pioneers of archaeological research".[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Anne Strachan Robertson was born in Glasgow on 3 May 1910, her parents, Margaret Purden and John Anderson Robertson, were both school teachers.[2]

She was eductaed in Glasgow at Hillhead High School and the Glasgow High School for Girls; in 1928 she attended the University of Glasgow, where she was impressed by the work and teachings of S.N. Miller relating to Roman History. In 1930 Anne won the Cowan Medal and she obtained the approval of Sir George MacDonald, then Honorary Keeper of the Hunterian Coin Cabinet,[1] after graduating with first class honours in Classics in 1932, she started her studies in archaeology at the University of London.

In London, she obtained different scholarships to participate in Mortimer Wheeler's excavations, to work at the Coin Room of the British Museum, and to write several academic papers on numismatics,[2] she graduated in 1934, having acquired considerable experience in archaeological methods, particularly as result of her participation in Wheeler's excavation of Maiden Castle.[3]




  • An Antonine Fort: Golden Hill, Duntocher (Edinburgh, 1957)
  • The Antonine Wall: A Handbook to the Roman Wall between Forth and Clyde and a Guide to its Surviving Remains (Glasgow, 1960; 5th edn., rev. and ed. by L. Keppie, 2001)
  • The Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, 5 vols. (1962-1982)
  • The Roman Fort at Castledykes, (Edinburgh, 1964)
  • Birrens (Blatobulgium) (Edinburgh, 1975)
  • (with M. Scott and L. Keppie), Bar Hill: A Roman Fort and its Finds, (Oxford,1975)
  • An Inventory of Romano-British Coin Hoards, Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication 20 (2000).


  • ‘Roman Finds from Non-Roman Sites in Scotland’, Britannia, vol. I (1970), pp.198-226
  • ‘The Romans in North Britain: The Coin Evidence’, in Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt, pt. 2, vol. 3 (Berlin, 1975), pp. 364-428


  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Professor Anne Robertson". The Independent. 1997-11-15. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  2. ^ a b Pipes, Rose (2006). The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women. Edinburgh University Press. p. 304. 
  3. ^ "Famous Numismatists – Les Grands Numismates" (PDF).