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Born in Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Scotland.
Robertson completed his education at Dunoon Grammar School and Queen's College, Dundee. During his time at Queen's College, it transitioned to the University of Dundee, with Robertson being one of the first graduates in 1968. He was also one of the minority of graduates that year who decided to take a Dundee degree over a St. Andrews one.
Robertson's student life was extensive. He wrote a column for the student newspaper, 'Annasach' (launched 1967), which he used to promote the new University and encourage other students to take a University of Dundee degree over a St. Andrews degree.
Robertson was also highly involved in student protests. In 1968, he was one of a number of Dundee students who invaded the St. Andrews' rugby pitch during a match between St. Andrews and the Orange Free State to protest against Apartheid. The same year, Robertson expressed his opposition to proposed cuts by the government in student grants, by organising a 24-hour work-in by students in the university library.
Robertson went on to partake in a political career in the Labour Party. His roles include being a Member of Parliament (1978-1999), Member of the House of Lords (2000), Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland (1993-1997), Secretary of State for Defence (1997-1999), and the 10th Secretary General of NATO (1999-2003).
He has received numerous honours for his time in the political sector.
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UR-STU 24/5/1 'An Organisational Plan for the Future', Scottish Union of Students report by Robertson, April 1968
UR-STU 24/5/2 John Wickerson's, Post Graduate Representative, report on Joint Court/Student Meeting on 'Post Graduate facilities', January 1969