Former Prison Governer
Robbie was reared in Lanarkshire and educated at Hamilton Academy and Strathclyde University. He taught for one year in Blantyre before joining the Prison Service as an Assistant Governor in 1969.
Polmont Young Offenders, Longriggend Remand Institution and Edinburgh Prison
Governor - Castle Huntly Young Offenders Institution
Governor - Dungavel Prison
Deputy and Acting Governor - Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow
Governor - Cornton Vale (Scotland's only female establishment)
Robbie retired from the prison service in September 1996, and is now a full time after dinner speaker, delighting audiences across the country, and a popular choice for Burns Nights.
Claim to Fame
William McIlvaney based his story "The Prisoner" in his book of short stories, "The Walking Wounded" on Robbie after he visited Dungavel.
In his youth, played junior professional football but his career was cut short at a tragically early age due to a complete lack of ability.
Member of Lamlash and Hamilton Golf Clubs, Variety Club of Great Britain and Hamilton and Lochaber Burns Clubs.
"On behalf of the PGA in Scotland I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you for one of the best after dinner speeches we have ever had the pleasure of hearing during the last 18 years of this Annual Dinner. Your delivery and content was second to none and I have never heard such a reaction from a group of people as you received during your speech."
Professional Golf Association Annual Dinner
"You were highly recommended as an accomplished after dinner speaker but the humour of your performance surpassed our expectations."
Kevin Duguid, Pittodrie Stadium