Robert Turnbull (1832-1877) was born 29 August 1832 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom to James Turnbull (1798-1858) and Margaret Weddell (1803-1878) and died 28 September 1877 in Old Calabar, Nigeria of yellow fever. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom, Scotland.

Born in Edinburgh the eldest son of the Rev. James Turnbull, minister in the Relief Church and his spouse Margaret Weddell. The family moved to Sydenham near London around 1845 and then to East Grinstead. Robert was a ships captain and died of Yellow Fever in the port of Old Calabar, Africa.

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