Robert Laidlaw, son of William and Rachel (née Andison) Fletcher was born on 7 July 1844 at Morbattle, Roxburgh in Scotland. He arrived in Victoria aboard the Six Sisters in January 1853 with his mother, father, sisters and brother. Shipping records show their ages were:
William — 33
Rachel — 31
Robert — 8
Margaret — 5
Janet — 3
John — 1
He married Mary Harriet, daughter of John and Mary (née Hay) Hensley of Mount Moriac, on 5 June 1873. He became a Barrabool Shire councillor, serving from 1871 until 1886 and 1896 until 1916. He was appointed a justice of the peace for the Southern Bailiwick on 19 December 1881 and on 11 July 1885.
He died on 24 July 1918 at the age of 76 at Ewerby in Mount Moriac and was buried in the Church of England section of the Mount Moriac Cemetery. Mary died at the age of 85 and was buried on 17 November 1942 in an unknown location at the Mount Moriac Cemetery.