Robinson, Robert (1869-1959)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924

Early years

Robert was born in 1869 at Barlow, nr Gateshead, Co Durham, to parents James and Elizabeth. James was a labourer.

The 1891 census gives Robert’s occupation as an engine drive at works.


His obituary records that Robert was a keen student, a fine preacher, and a good and loving pastor. He disliked being caught up in the organisation of bazaars and efforts which interfered with his essential call to preach and save souls. His early experience in the mines of the North gave him sympathy and understanding with the working man, and an appreciation of the advantages of education. He worked hard to equip himself to reach the stage where he could take lectures at Durham University.

His later years were spent at Amersham, where despite his ninety years, he was a sprightly, good-looking, youthful personality.


Robert married Sarah Edith Simmonds (1877-1957) in the summer of 1901 at Woolwich. Sarah was the daughter of Rev Mark Simmonds. She was English tutor at Stonygate College, Leicester, at the time of her marriage.  Census returns identify two children.

  • Doris (b1902)
  • Robert Arthur Hugh (b1908) – an engineer; emigrated to Australia

Robert died on 28 September 1959 at Amersham, Buckinghamshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1895 Erith
  • 1899 Plymouth
  • 1900 Eastbourne
  • 1905 Gravesend
  • 1907 Grimsby I
  • 1911 Yarmouth
  • 1915 York I
  • 1916 Hull VI
  • 1917 Gloucester
  • 1919 sup one year
  • 1920 Dartmouth
  • 1921 Kettering
  • 1925 Liverpool II
  • 1927 Cambourne
  • 1930 Colchester
  • 1933 Colchester (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924/816

Methodist Minutes 1960/183

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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