Rob, born in 1936, left school at the age of 15 and started work in the Accounting Department of a major Bakery Firm in Glasgow. In 1954, he was called up to do his National Service which saw him serve two years in the Royal Air Force. Before going to the RAF, Rob had a promising career as a soccer player and as a singer, with a major Big Band in Glasgow. On leaving the RAF in 1956, he started work as an accountant with a major shipbuilding company and resumed his career as a soccer player and singer. In 1957 he was a member of the Giffnock North Amateur soccer team which won the Scottish Amateur Cup. His singing career continued to blossom and he was being billed as "One of Scotland's Leading Vocalists."
In 1958, Rob got the wanderlust and decided to emigrate to USA, where he quickly took up employment with Eastern Airlines in a clerical position. Working his way through the ranks, in 1964 Rob reached the position of Manager of the Northern Area and had responsibility for auditing thirteen airports in the Northeast area of the United States. Switching from the Maintenance Division to the Customer Services Division in 1966, he entered a program that saw him spend a year managing each of the departments that make up the operation of Customer Services at the airport. In 1972, he was promoted to Airport Manager at La Guardia Airport in New York, a position he held until 1977 when he moved to Eastern's head office in Manhattan to run their Commercial & Interline Sales department, where he stayed until 1979. While at Eastern Airlines, Rob had continued playing soccer (three years as a semi-pro), singing with several bands (both US and Scottish) and singing the National Anthem at Giant Stadium and Yankee Stadium for the New York Cosmos soccer team.
In 1978, Rob attended the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games as a volunteer working for Scottish American Heritage. At the Games, he was approached by Mr Nestor McDonald and Mr.Ellice McDonald Jr. and asked if he would sing the National Anthem at the closing ceremony of the games. The singer who had sung the National Anthem at the Opening Ceremony had forgotten the words and someone had told them that Rob could do it. Rob agreed. When asked which Clan he belonged to, he said that he was McDonald. He was immediately rushed to the Clan Donald tent, where he was enrolled in Clan Donald USA. There started an adventure that saw Rob approached some months later by Ellice McDonald Jr. and asked if he would ever consider going back to Scotland. The history of the Clan Donald Lands Trust's ownership of 15,000 acres ( later re-measured to 20,000 acres) on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, was explained and Ellice, as Chairman of the Executive Committee, was looking for a new Director to run the property. The job was offered to Rob and he agreed to fly over and look at the property before deciding. On his return he told Ellice that the only way the property could go was up, and he accepted the job on a two year contract.
Twenty years later in 1999, Rob retired and moved to Edinburgh, with his wife, Marion. During the 20 years on Skye, Rob drove the development of the Clan Donald Centre to a major tourism attraction in Scotland, picking up 23 National Awards in the process. After retirement, Rob worked for a short period at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow as Business Director.
In 1999, Rob suggested to the Clan Chiefs that they should form the High Council of Clan Donald and offered his services as a volunteer to help pull it together. Rob now serves as Chamberlain to the High Council and is responsible for the day to day running of the organization, including organizing the annual Chief's tours.
Rob has two children by his first marriage, Robert (49) and Karen (45) who live in Florida, USA with his six grandchildren.