Papers of T.R. Robinson

The T.R. Robinson papers at Armagh Observatory reflect T.R. Robinson's life and interests. They consist of a mixture of published and unpublished papers and newspaper reports, manuscript notebooks of the results of various experiments as well as sermons and speeches to learned and church societies. Included in this collection is a series of letters to and from Robinson, mainly concerning financial matters. This correspondence was with Dr Reeves, Dean of Armagh, covering the time period 1842-1880 and dealing with buildings, ecclesiastical and political matters, Leonard Dobbin, J. A. Ball, C. Rivers Wilson and Sir Edward A Sabine, concerning Observatory lands, tithes at Carlingford, notes on rents and the case of the Observatory in Irish Churches Bill. A copy of a book of poems written by T. R. Robinson before the age of 12 years, published privately in Belfast in 1806 also forms part of the collection. Robinson compiled the first Armagh Catalogue of stars which he published in 1859. It established the position of Armagh Observatory as a scientific institution of national and international importance.


Comprehensive range of papers which give an insight into the day to day life of the Director as well as the administration of the Observatory.

Physical characteristics

3 shelf-metres

Description or Catalogue


Accrual Policy
Accrual Method
Accrual Periodicity
Added by Armagh Observatory | Last updated on: 20 August 2018