Caroline Robbins

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Caroline Robbins
Born18 August 1903
Middlesex, England
Died8 February 1999(1999-02-08) (aged 95)
NationalityUnited Kingdom

Caroline Robbins or Caroline Herben (18 August 1903 – 8 February 1999) was a British historian who was a professor at Bryn Mawr College.


Robbins was born in Middlesex in 1903.[1] Her parents were Rowland Richard (1872–1960) and Rosa Marion Robbins (nee Harris). Her father was a farmer and he was on Middlesex county council. Her brother, Lionel, would become an economist.[2]

She took her doctorate at London University with a treatise on Andrew Marvell. Robbins became an instructor in British history at Bryn Mawr College in 1929. She served in that department for 42 years. She wrote The Eighteenth Century Commonwealthman in 1959.[1]

Robbins died in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in 1999. After she died a professorship was founded in her name.[1]


  • The Eighteenth-Century Commonwealthman: Studies in the Transmission, Development and Circumstances of English Liberal Thought from the Restoration of Charles II until the War with the Thirteen Colonies. Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA 1959.
  • Two English Republican Tracts. Cambridge University Press, 1969.
  • Barbara Taft: Absolute Liberty: A Selection from the Articles and Papers of Caroline Robbins. Archon Books, Hamden CN 1982. ISBN 0-208-01955-3


  1. ^ a b c J. R. Pole, ‘Robbins , Caroline (1903–1999)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 8 Sept 2015
  2. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography