of the Skeen Name
Skeen name heralds from the
Aberdeenshire parish of Aberdeen in Scotland. The
bearer of the name was a second son of Struan Robertson who saved
Malcolm II of Scotland (circe 1014) by slaying a wolf in Stocket Forest
"sgian" or "skene"
(Scottish dagger). He was rewarded with the
name Skene and the
lands of Skene. And he and his
descendants henceforth maintained the
rank of free Barons and held the castle Skene and the Earldom of Mar in
Aberdeen. Over the years as the family grew and migrated
Scotland and England and eventually out of England the name Skene came
to be spelt as Skeen, Skeene, Skeyne and Skiin.
Skeen (b 1695) was born in Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland.
Skeen had a son Robert Skeen (b 1727; d 1800).
Skeen married Esther Thompson (b 1732;d 1811) and they had a son
William Skeen (b 1773, d 1855).
Skeen married Margaret Nesbit (b 1774; d 1846) and they had 9 children
the oldest of which was Robert Skeen (b 9 Oct 1797; d 16 Mar
Skeen married Sarah Slinn (b 13 Dec 1798; d 18 Jan 1878) and they had
12 children, the 3rd of which was
Robert Skeen (b 3 Oct 1823; d 1 May 1897).
special thanks to Phillip Somervaille for his Skeen
Family History Page and to Joan Margaret Stella
Klampfer for directing me there.
descendants of Robert Skeen that emigrated to Tonga that this
SKEEN and his DESCENDANTS
3 Oct 1823;
died 1 May 1897).
of Robert and Sarah Slinn Skeen.
Skeen married 1st Catherine Potter and they had
1. BENJAMIN SKEEN
2. WILLIAM HENRY
3. SARAH SKEEN
4. CATHERINE SKEEN
Skeen married 2nd Jane
Liston and they had 2 children.
(b. 14 Jan 1862 Mangawai New Zealand; d. 16 Dec 1915 Auckland New
Son of Robert and Jane Liston Skeen
The Cyclopedia of Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti & the Cook Islands 1907, p.53
to 1901, when he moved to Tonga, Robert Lowis Skeen practised law in
Samoa. He was appointed Chief Justice of Tonga in Jan 1905. He also sat
as Cabinet Minister and Privy Councillor there. His career is
summarised in The Cyclopedia of Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti & the Cook
Islands 1907, p.53.
Lowis Skeen married
Eliza Fruean, 3rd daughter and youngest child of Charles Fruean
Zimmerman of Germany, and Meleane Pouomasiʻu Lealiʻitasi Suʻa of
Western Samoa. Robert Lowis and Eliza Skeen had 9
Eliza Fruean Skeen with
the older children.
Elizaʻs lap is Robert Stout Skeen with his twin brother Parker Stout
standing to the right.
JANE LISTON SKEEN
NELLIE VAEA SKEEN
Nellie Vaea Skeen married Ian Brown and they had:
(a) Ian Brown
(b) Neil Brown
Nellie Skeen Brown, with her sons Ian and Neil.
RUBY FANUA SKEEN
PARKER STOUT SKEEN
ROBERT STOUT (PAKI) SKEEN
and Robert Stout (Paki) Skeen I were twins.
Parker Stout Skeen and his
of Jason Skeen.
Robert Stout Skeen
of Jason Skeen.
MARY LAUTI SKEEN
Skeen married Bickerstaff.
ROBERT FREDERICK SKEEN
NORMAN ARTHER SKEEN
STOUT SKEEN I (PAKI SKEEN)
Robert Lowis and Eliza Skeen
Robert Stout Skeen I (Paki Skeen)
Margaret Stella Fusipalapangai
nickname Paki came from Ropaki (or Ropati), Samoan for Robert.
I (Paki Skeen) had with and Tupoutu’a
Laumanukilupe Niumataevalu, 4 children.
EVELYN TĀPAITA LAʻĀINAʻIPANGAI SKEEN
Evelyn Tāpaita Laʻāinaipangai Skeen
with niece Leonie ʻAna Tuʻifua Skeen Cocker,
second of three
daughters of Robert Stout
STELLA LAUMANUKILUPE SKEEN
Stella Laumanukilupe Skeen
LILY VIOLET SKEEN
Lily Violet Skeen
STOUT SKEEN II
Robert Stout Skeen II
Rivo Manule'oongo Skeen,
second of three sons of Robert Stout Skeen II.
Skeen I (Paki Skeen) married Ruby Sarah Payne (Sela Paki) and
had 8 children, most of whom are living today, and are here
excluded in respect of their privacy.
Robert Stout Skeen I (Paki Skeen) and his wife Sarah Payne Skeen.
of Jason Skeen.
Nuku'alofa Club members with Robert Stout Skeen I (Paki Skeen)
seated 2nd from the right.
of Lorna Day.
The grave of Eliza Fruean Skeen at Telekava Cemetary, Kolomotuʻa,
WW1 Memorial at Pangai Si'i Park, Nuku'alofa, Tonga acknowledging
amoungst others, the Skeen family contribution to the War