Nicholas Robinson (historian)

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Nicholas Robinson
Nicholas Kenneth Robinson

(1946-02-09) 9 February 1946 (age 78)
Alma materTrinity College Dublin
(m. 1970)

Nicholas Kenneth Robinson (born 9 February 1946) is an Irish author, historian, solicitor and cartoonist who is the husband of the 7th President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson.[1][2][3]


Robinson was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 1946, to a wealthy middle-class Anglican family. He was born to Howard and Lucy Robinson, the third in a family of four boys. His father was an accountant who founded the City of Dublin Banker and was a prominent freemason of the Grand Lodge of Ireland.[4] The Robinson family had been coopers associated with the brewing business of the Guinness family. Nicholas's grandfather was a coal importer.

While studying for a law degree at Trinity College Dublin, he began a relationship with his future wife Mary Robinson (née Bourke), who would later become the President of Ireland. With his wife Mary, he has one daughter and two sons, and six grandchildren.


Robinson has helped establish numerous bodies, among them the Irish Architectural Archive (with Edward McParland), the Birr Scientific and Heritage Foundation, the Irish Landmark Trust (of which he is a Trustee, ex officio President & Patron),[5] and (with his wife Mary) the Irish Centre for European Law at Trinity College.[6]


His books include:

  • Vanishing Country Houses of Ireland with the Knight of Glin and David Griffin
  • Edmund Burke: a Life in Caricature (Yale, 1996).


  1. ^ Library Journal, quoted at National Library Board of Singapore website/ Archived 2011-08-23 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Robinson, Mary (2013). Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice. New York: Walker Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-8027-7964-9.
  3. ^ Mr Nicholas Kenneth Robinson Companies in the UK. Retrieved: 21 February 2014.
  4. ^ "The wedding in the airport church". Irish Times. 2 September 1997. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  5. ^ Trustees - Irish Landmark Trust Archived 2 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Our Board – Mary Robinson – Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative


  • Olivia O'Leary & Helen Burke, Mary Robinson: The Authorised Biography, Lir/Hodder & Stoughton, 1998 (ISBN 0-340-71738-6)