John Robison (inventor)
In 1802 he entered the service of Nizam of Hyderabad as contractor for the establishment and maintenance of military service. He left India a wealthy man, in 1815.
He was one of the founders of Scottish Society of Arts (1821), its secretary (1822-4), and its president (1841-2).
From 1834 he was the Edinburgh Commissioner of Police.
He received the Guelphic Order in 1837 from William IV and knighted in 1838.
He died in Edinburgh on 7 March 1843.
He married twice, firstly in 1816 to Jean Grahame who died in 1824 and secondly to Miss Benson who died in 1837.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Robison, John". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
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