The following obituary for Robert Spencer Robinson appeared in the Times newspaper.
|Obituary in the Times newspaper|
|31 July 1889||Admiral Sir Robert Spencer Robinson, K.C.B., F.R.S., whose death is announced as having occurred on the 27th inst. at his residence, 61, Eaton-place, was the youngest son of the late Venerable Sir John Robinson, Archdeacon of Armagh, by Mary Anne, daughter of Mr. James Spencer. He was born in January, 1809, at Welford-park, Berks, and entered the Navy as a cadet in December, 1822. His steps bore date — lieutenant, 1830; commander, 1838; captain, 1840, when he was placed on half-pay. He became a rear-admiral in May, 1860. He served in the East Indies, the Mediterranean, and afterwards in South America. He was a Controller of the Navy from 1861 to 1871, was appointed a vice-admiral in 1860, retired in 1870, and was placed on the supplementary active list of flag officers. He was created K.C.B. in 1868. In 1871 he attained the rank of admiral. He was a commissioner to inquire into the management of the Royal Dockyards in 1860, and was a Lord of the Admiralty from December, 1868, to February, 1871. He married, in 1841, Clementina, daughter of Sir John Louis. Sir Spencer Robinson's name will be well known to our readers in connexion with the many able letters addressed by him from time to time to The Times on naval matters, on which he was a recognized authority. Among other works, he was the author of a treatise on the steam-engine for marine purposes.|