John Martin Robinson

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John Robinson in the procession to the annual service of the Order of the Garter

John Martin Robinson FSA (born 1948) is a British architectural historian and officer of arms.

He was born in Preston, Lancashire, and educated at Fort Augustus Abbey, a Benedictine school at Fort Augustus, the University of St Andrews (graduating MA) and then in 1970 arrived at Oriel College, Oxford, to prepare for a DPhil. He worked for the Greater London Council's Historic Buildings Division from 1974.[1]

Robinson was Fitzalan Pursuivant Extraordinary at the College of Arms from 1982 and is now Maltravers Herald Extraordinary. In 1978 he was appointed Librarian to the Earl Marshal.[2] He was also the archivist for the Dukes of Norfolk.[3]

Robinson is also a Knight of Magistral Grace of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He lives at Beckside House, Cumbria, and is an active member of the Georgian Group.


Magazine articles:

  • "A.D. Profile 22: Hawksmoor's Christ Church, Spitalfields" in: Architectural Design, 7/1979 C. Amery, R. W. Chitham, K. Downes, J. Gillingham, J. Kenworthy-Browne, R. A. Beddard, J. M. Robinson, G. Stamp. pp. 1–32.
  • "Cameron discoveries" in: Architectural Review, 1982, 1030. J. M. Robinson, D. Shvidkovsky. pp. 42–51 - includes bibliographical references.
  • "The Signior" in: AA-Files, 1985, 8 J. M. Robinson. pp. 108–109 - book review.
  • "In pursuit of excellence" in: Country Life, 1979, 4277 J. M. Robinson. pp. 2113–2114.
  • "Classical quartet: new country houses" in: Country Life, 35/1990 J. M. Robinson. pp. 74–77.
  • "No. 20 St James's Square, London" in: Country Life, 44/1989 J. M. Robinson pp. 152–157.
  • "Pavilions to pleasure" in: Country Life, 14/1989 K. Powell, J. Glancey, J. M. Robinson. pp. 132–133.
  • "Scraping the ceiling" in: Country Life, 16/1989 J. M. Robinson. pp. 192–193.


  1. ^ Merle Rubin (February 27, 1985). "Tradition updated: Britain's grand new country houses; The Latest Country Houses, by John Martin Robinson, London: The Bodley Head (distributed by Merrimack Publisher's Cirlcle, Salem, N.H.). 256 pp. $19.95". Christian Science Monitor. 
  2. ^ John Ezard (June 26, 2002). "Obituary: The Duke of Norfolk: As Britain's premier peer and senior Catholic layman, he led a spirited but quiet life". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ "Nothing second-rate or suburban about this man's book". Derby Evening Telegraph. January 18, 2007.