Robinson, Robert (1813-1899)


A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Shaw is attached. He writes as follows in respect of Robert’s preaching.

‘In the pulpit he was a striking personality. His stalwart and dignified appearance, his flashing eye, his magnificent voice, “like the sound of a deep-toned bell,” his energetic and vigorous action, all proclaimed him to be “a veritable Boanerges.” “He opened his mouth and taught.” His terse and telling sentences, his ready utterance in the language of every-day life, his humorous home-thrusts at the faults of his hearers, his merciless exposure of sin and his powerful setting forth of its consequences, his faithful warnings of the impenitent and his tender and pathetic pleadings with them, often produced acute awakenings of conscience and subsequent, conversions from sin to righteousness. In the-pulpit and in street-preaching he was indeed “a mighty man of valour.” His energy was that of the whole man, “ body, soul, and spirit.” ‘


Robert was born on 13 December 1813 at Methley, Yorkshire, to parents Robert, a labourer, and Mary. He was baptised on 25 December 1813  at St Oswald, Methley.

He married Lettice Fewkes, nee Goodrich (1808-1876) in the spring of 1847 in the Loughborough Registration District, Leicestershire.

Robert died on 17 April 1899 at Derby, Derbyshire.


  • 1838 Donington
  • 1839 Boston
  • 1840 Leicester
  • 1842 Ashby de la Zouch
  • 1844 Sheffield
  • 1845 Belper
  • 1847 Barnsley
  • 1849 Silsden
  • 1850 Huddersfield
  • 1852 Wakefield
  • 1853-1859 not identified in Leary
  • 1860 Sheffield
  • 1861 Derby
  • 1863 Grantahm
  • 1865 Ilkeston
  • 1866 Sheffield II
  • 1868 Nottingham II
  • 1871 Buxton
  • 1872 Melton Mowbray
  • 1873 Derby II
  • 1876 Loughborough
  • 1877 Sheffield IV
  • 1878 Derby II (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1900/866

PM Minutes 1899/20

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Leary includes an R. Robinson covering stations between 1838 and 1852. Examination of census returns identifies that this is Robert.


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