A Scottish family construction company celebrates its centenary.
Allan Robertson and Son have been based in the village of Scone, Perthshire since the founder chose to go it alone in direct opposition to a roofing and plastering business run by his father.
One hundred years later, the fourth generation is at the helm, the next already on the books with an eye to the future.
Third generation boss Allan (74), now retired, admits he is proud that his son Allan Jnr (52) and daughter Lynn (49) have followed in his footsteps, a fifth generation also playing a role in the business.
“I remember my grandfather showing me how to lay slates in the yard. I must have been four and it was probably to keep me busy,” laughed Allan Snr.
“My father recreated the business after the war, where he served in North Africa and Italy. He had volunteered in 1941 and found himself repairing army vehicles day and night during the campaign.
Allan recalls his first apprentice’s wage containing the equivalent of £1.50 in 1962 and Lynn unearthed documents from 1971 showing shopkeepers earning an average of 50p an hour, with a 46-hour working week current.
Memorable projects include a role as prime contractor for a multi-million pound renovation of Perth’s A-listed St Ninians Cathedral and the rebuilding of walls and preservation of historic headstones in the historic Greyfriars Cemetery in Fair City.
The company also carries out maintenance and repairs to various RNLI stations on the Scottish coastline.
“For many years we have maintained and renovated properties for the Gannochy Trust charity and various country houses, in addition to all the usual domestic and housing association contracts,” said Allan Jnr.
“We have worked for generations from the same families.
“I was reminded of this when we discovered my grandfather’s signature from 1926 on a zinc roof ridge in Scone and his Uncle Jim’s work was dated 1900.”