Generations of Quality Foods
Manufacturing your traditional favourites since 1898
One of Scotland’s oldest family run manufactures and suppliers of traditional pies and puddings, William Robertson and Sons Ltd was founded by our great, grandfather, William Robertson 120 years ago, in 1898 who began making potted meats, fruit puddings and meaty puddings in a little two room factory, which he bought for only £20. The only equipment he had was two boilers and a horse and cart which he used for daily deliveries of ice from the fish market to keep his goods fresh for his deliveries. He was known in Edinburgh as,
In 1926, after feeding the troops in World War 1 and making haggis for the Prince of Wales, (Duke of Windsor), while he was at Fort George Barracks near Inverness, he bought a farm in Gorgie. He transformed the farm buildings into a factory equipped with larger, more advanced machinery, allowing him to expand and launch various new products, including Scotch & Steak pies and sausages with the help of his son, James Robertson, our grandfather who was very fondly known as,
James ran the business until retiring, then handed it over to his son, Walter Robertson, our father, who in 1981 decided to completely renovate the old farm buildings, replacing them with a new, modern purpose-built factory.
Keeping up with the times, Robertson's have moved on again and the next generation - Stephen and sister Shona - moved the business outside of Edinburgh into a modern factory in Dalkeith. With the fifth generation now following in the footsteps and continuing the family tradition.
To continue improving standards and traditions, we are now working towards gaining a SALSA accreditation,
to retain our reputation of producing top quality and great tasting products using the original recipes which made our brand famous in the late 19th century. The Robertson family moved the business on again when the next generation - Stephen and his sister Shona, decided to relocate outside of Edinburgh into a bespoke factory in Dalkeith.
The siblings continue to run the business with their parents input, who are now in their 80s, alongside the fifth generation of the family. Stephen’s three children, Alex, Scott and Jamie who are following in the footsteps and continuing the family tradition and bringing a wealth of new, creative ideas to the business, including the launch of the new ‘Signature’ range which includes award winning Burgers and Mini Pies, with many more exciting new creations in the pipeline.
William Robertson & Sons Ltd are The Mid and East Lothian Chambers of Commerce 2018 Family Business of the Year.