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Biography of Robert Brooke

Robert and Laurence Brooke, Attested Students 1773
Robert and Laurence Brooke, Attested Students 1773

Robert Brooke attended the University from 1773-1775. He was born in 1751 to Richard Brooke, a colonist and prominent landowner. His father sent him and his brother, Laurence, to Scotland for their education, where they were to study Law and Medicine respectively.

Robert matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1773 for an Arts course, and along with his brother, registered for William Richardson's Latin class in 1773. Together with his brother, they signed the register of attested students in 1775 attested by John Anderson, Thomas Hamilton and William Richardson.

With the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, Robert was captured by Lord Admiral Howe during his return trip to the USA and was sent back to the UK. He made it to France where he caught a boat back to Virginia on a French arms ship. Brooke began practicing law, and served in the House of Delegates, becoming Governor of Virginia in 1794, and Attorney General of Virginia in 1798. He died in office in 1799.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • Addison, W. Innes, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow from 1728 to 1858


Robert Brooke
Born 1751.
Died 1799.
GU Degree: Arts, 1773-1775;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: lawyers; politicians
English snippet: Arts student of the University of Glasgow, tenth Governor of Virginia
Record last updated: 28th Mar 2013

Country Associations

United States United States, Virginia, Smithfield
Place of Birth

United States United States, Virginia
Place of Death

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student