He was the son of Edmund Brightiffe, gentleman, of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, was educated at Baconsthorpe and Holt School, and was admitted to the lists of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, on 24 March 1680 at the age of sixteen. He matriculated at Cambridge in 1680 and entered the Middle Temple on 29 May 1682.
- John Venn, 'Brightiffe, Robert', in Alumni Cantabrigienses (Part I, from the earliest times to 1751, vol. i Abbas–Cutts; Cambridge University Press, 1922)
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