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Roy Lister Robinson - Lord Robinson
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No: 178   Contributor: Heritage North   Year: 1950
Roy Lister Robinson - Lord Robinson

Roy Lister Robinson - Lord Robinson of Kielder Forest. Seconded to the explosives department, Ministry of Munitions and Agriculture (1915-18), he subsequently became secretary to the forestry sub-committee of the Cabinet Reconstruction (Acland) Committee and was largely responsible for the report which led to the establishment of the Forestry Commission in 1919 and his appointment as its technical commissioner. He became vice-chairman of the commission in 1929, and chairman in 1932, holding that office until he died. He was appointed O.B.E. in 1918, knighted in 1931 and raised to the peerage in 1947.
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i'm related to Roy Robinson. which of the two men pictured is Roy Robinson?

Added by Jane Robinson on 09 January 2010.
Jane, Roy Robinson is on the left, standing. I have another picture of him which we sourced from the Forestry Commission. If they are agreeable I will have it posted on this website as well. I am part of the UHI centre for history team, which is researching the social history of Scottish forestry in the 20th century with this website part of that project. Your relative was highly influential and we would love to hear more about him.

Added by Mairi Stewart on 26 January 2010.
Many thanks Mairi. Unfortunately my father (who was Roy's cousin, as I understand)died in 1996. The only information I have about Roy Robinson would already be in the public arena - the town of Macclesfield, here in South Australia has a book containing information about him, given that he's a former resident (there's a park named 'Roy Robinson Park' in the town) but I'm sure you'd already have this information. I'm highly delighted to have stumbled upon your website - quite by accident and I should have been able to guess which one was Roy, because of the strong familial resemblance to my father. Again, thank you. I wonder if he had my father's and my grandfather's lovely nature. Jane Robinson

Added by Jane Robinson on 28 January 2010.
Hi Jane, you may be interested in this link, or even adding to it...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Robinson, _1st_Baron_Robinson
Keep in touch with the website, as we never know what is going to turn up.

Added by Gordon on 28 January 2010.
He is wearing a Forestry Commission tie.
Who is standing on the land rover, slightly familiar to this FC employee.

Added by Alec Dauncey on 06 October 2010.
Are the other people the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch?

Added by Alec Dauncey on 19 September 2013.
I believe my father scattered Lord Robinson's ashes in 1953 around the memorial cairn to him (which is marked on the current 1:25000 OS map).

Added by Jorg Beasley on 24 May 2017.
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