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David Robinson
Born (1927-08-29)29 August 1927
Horncastle, Lincolnshire, UK
Died 25 July 2017(2017-07-25) (aged 89)
Grimsby, North Lincolnshire, UK
Occupation Journalist

David Norman Robinson OBE (29 August 1927–25 July 2017) was a British journalist, author, and teacher.

Early life

David was born in Croft Street, Horncastle and attended Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School. He graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Geography and, subsequently, a MSc in which he wrote a thesis on the coastal evolution of north-east Lincolnshire.


David taught in schools in Immingham and Grimsby before becoming resident tutor of the University of Nottingham for North Lincolnshire. He edited the 'Lincolnshire Poacher' magazine in the 1950s, 'Lincolnshire Life' until 1989, and served on the editorial team for the 'Natural World' magazine.

David had variously served on the committees of many learned or charitable societies, including as: Honorary secretary of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the President of Lincolnshire Naturalist's Union, President of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, President of President of the Louth Naturalists', Antiquarian, and Literary Society, President of Louth Civic Trust (of which he was a founder in 1967), Life President of the Sir Joseph Banks Society, and Chairman of the Governors of Horncastle College. He was awarded an OBE in the 1997 Birthday Honours for services to journalism and the community of Lincolnshire.

In 2007 a collection of papers on historical and geographical themes, titled All Things Lincolnshire: An Anthology in Honour of David Robinson, OBE was dedicated to David.

Select publications

  • Robinson, D. N. 1989. Lincolnshire boats & bridges in camera. Buckingham.
  • Robinson, D., Healey, H., and Start, D. 1999. Lincolnshire bricks : history and gazetteer. Heckington, Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire.
  • Robinson, D. N. 2000. The Louth flood : the story of events of Saturday 29th May 1920. Louth, Louth Naturalists', Antiquarian, and Literary Society.
  • Robinson, D. N. 2001. 'The book of the Lincolnshire seaside : the story of the coastline from the Humber to the Wash. Buckingham, Baron.
  • Robinson, D. N. 2003. Willoughby in the Marsh. Willoughby, Willoughby Village History Group.
  • Robinson, D. N. 2009.The Lincolnshire Wolds. Oxford, Windgather Press
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