John Robison (inventor)
In 1802 he entered the service of Nizam of Hyderabad as a contractor for the establishment and maintenance of military service. He left India a wealthy man, in 1815.
From 1834 he was the Edinburgh Commissioner of Police.
He died at his final house in Edinburgh, 13 Randolph Crescent, on 7 March 1843. A memorial exists to Sir John Robison on the south wall of St Johns Episcopal Church in Edinburgh a few hundred metres east of his house.
He married twice, firstly in 1816 to Jean Grahame who died in 1824 and secondly to Miss Benson who died in 1837. His granddaughters were the novelists Emily Gerard (1849-1905) and Dorothea Gerard (1855-1915).
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- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: John Robison
- 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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