The Info List - Brooke Robinson

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BROOKE ROBINSON (1836–1911) was a British Conservative Party politician, who was MP for Dudley
and held a number of public posts including that of County Coroner for Dudley. He also was an art collector and benefactor whose legacy was the Town Hall and a museum in the town of Dudley.


* 1 Biography * 2 Legacy * 3 Parliamentary election results * 4 References


Brooke Robinson, son of William Robinson and Harriet (née Johnson), was born at Dudley
on 11 September 1836. His unusual first name, Brooke, was the maiden name of one of his great-great-grandmothers and had subsequently been adopted as a given name by some of her descendants. Robinson was educated at Rugby . He was admitted as an Attorney at Law and Solicitor in Chancery in 1857. He practiced in Dudley
until 1874.

He became county coroner for the Dudley
district in 1860

Robinson married Eugenia Collis, the daughter of George Richard Collis of Stourton Castle
Stourton Castle
, on 10 March 1870.

He was a lieutenant in the Worcestershire Yeomanry
Worcestershire Yeomanry
between 1871 and 1877.

Brooke Robinson first stood for Parliament at Dudley
in 1885 when he was defeated by the long-established sitting MP, Henry Brinsley Sheridan . Subsequently, however, he was elected four times as MP for Dudley: in 1886, 1892, 1895 and 1900. He represented the Conservative Party during this time. He made the decision not to stand for the 1906 election on health grounds.

Brooke Robinson died on 20th October 1911 at his home, Barford House, which is near Warwick
, and was buried at St Thomas’s Church, Dudley.


Brooke Robinson left a sum of money as well as his collection of art, furniture, ceramics, and other items for the benefit of the town of Dudley. The money was eventually used to construct the Town Hall, a Coroner's Court and a museum. The museum, known as the Brooke Robinson Museum, opened on 18 May 1931. In 1979, the museum trustees agreed to the collection being moved to the Dudley
Museum and Art Gallery .


General Election 1885 Dudley