Robert Espie was included in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814
He was employed as surgeon superintendent on the following convict ships - Morley in 1817 Shipley in 1818 Dorothy in 1820 Lord Sidmouth in 1823 Lady Rowena in 1826 Mary 1830(VDL) Roslin Castle in 1834 and Elizabeth in 1836
He received passage money after each voyage to return to England. In April 1819 seven naval surgeons all returned to England on the Shipley together(2).
On the voyage of the Dorothy to Australia in 1820 his brother George Espie accompanied him. They both received land grants in Van Diemen's Land and Robert was for a time acting-surgeon at Port Dalrymple, succeeding Jacob Mountgarrett in that position (1820). Both Robert Espie and George Espie and family returned to England on the Guildford in October 1820.
When Robert Espie married Janet Jerman Simons, the youngest daughter of William Simons of Sydenham on 17th January 1828 at St. Martin's in the Fields Church, Middlesex he was attached to H. M. S. Mersey. (34)
Robert Espie was on the List of Surgeons of the Royal Navy fit for service in 1841.
Robert and Janet Espie can be found in the 1851 Census living at Hanstead House in Hanstead Lane, Lewisham UK with three servants. Robert and Janet are 59 and 57 years old. Robert is stated to have been born in Co. Derry, Ireland.
Janet Jerman Espie died at Blyth Hill Sydenham, Kent aged 60 in 1854. In the 1861 Census Robert Espie is living in Bushey Hertfordshire with two servants and their young children.
He was on the 1864 List of Surgeons retired.
Correspondence of Michael Farraday