Bob McLaren, R.I.P.

It is with sadness that I learned of the death of Bob McLaren, a friend for many years and a genealogy expert. Bob was a fixture at many of the national genealogy conferences, always dressed in a kilt and usually talking about Scottish history. If you ever attended one of the Saturday evening dinners that I sponsored after a conference, you probably met Bob McLaren. I believe he attended almost all of them.

Roberta Estes wrote a nice tribute at that describes his activities and his personality perfectly. You can find Roberta’s tribute at:


Good Morning Dick and all the friends whom we here from and of.  I know I speak for all of you folks who have lost a great friend  in Bob.  I read Roberta’s Blog the other day and it was a great tribute..I have recently received a large amount of info on my Family from several Cousins whom I keep in touch with.  Thank you all for your many kindnesses especially in this time of  terrible illness  many folks  are going through just now and for the unknown future.  We have to work together and help each other.  God Bless all who keep us safe.  Love and Best Wishes, Paul Morris Hilton, Harvey Station, New Brunswick, Canada


Sue Ellen & I always enjoyed being with Bob at conferences and on cruises. We have not had the opportunity for the past few years, and Bob was one of many we missed seeing. His knowledge and, most of al, his personality was always appreciated.


I met Bob on a “Scotland Goes to Sea” cruise within a cruise. He gave an excellent and informative talk on Scottish Genealogy and I also spoke. Also saw him at other genealogy conferences. His knowledge and affability helped many people to further their Scottish research.


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