Phyllis Getrude Ross was the nome de plume used by Lady McKie. She was born in Montreal, Canada, and travelled extensively, including visits to Jersey. In 1956 she married her second husband, Sir William McKie. She died in Canada on 12 January 1983.
Charles Robin (1743-1824), trader and shipbuilder, left his native Jersey in 1765 to establish fishing concerns in Canada. By the nineteenth century his Charles Robin Company was the largest fishing company in Canada.
A fictionalised biography of the life and times of Charles Robin (558 pages), compiled by Phyllis Ross from journals, letters and other papers in Canada, England and the Channel Islands. The manuscript is accompanied by a typescript and an extract from 'Société Jersiase, 104th annual bulletin', 1979, pp. 320, describing the work.
The provenance of the collection is unknown.