Dr. Tom Robertson is a native of Edinburgh who has recently returned to live there, after many years in Northern England. He has spent a lot of his time, since retirng in 2005, studying loosely historical topics.. The results, are the documents presented on this web site. An earlier version of one document, dealing with the Earls of Danby and Shaftesbury, was conventionally published, but since then, he has mainly chosen to exploit the greater space and scope allowed by on-line publishing. However, in recent months, working with his collaborator, (and brother, Alastair Robertson), he has issued two substantial pamphlets dealing with old bridges and watermills, both are topics dealt with more fully in website documents.
Tom’s career background is scientific, with an original specialism in aerodynamics, though he later took charge of research in different fields. His final appointment was as the senior manager responsible for metallurgical research and development, carried out by the multinational steel company, Corus.
Tom’s interest in matters historical dates from his schooldays, even although his formal instruction ceased when he was 15 years old. He hopes that the lack of an academic history background is at least partly balanced by a scientist’s emphasis on the veracity and accuracy of explanations and conclusions.