Biography of Robert Brooke
Robert and Laurence Brooke, Attested Students 1773
Robert Brooke attended the University from 1773-1775. He was born in 1751 to Richard Brooke, a colonist and prominent landowner. His father sent him and his brother, Laurence, to Scotland for their education, where they were to study Law and Medicine respectively.
Robert matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1773 for an Arts course, and along with his brother, registered for William Richardson's Latin class in 1773. Together with his brother, they signed the register of attested students in 1775 attested by John Anderson, Thomas Hamilton and William Richardson.
With the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, Robert was captured by Lord Admiral Howe during his return trip to the USA and was sent back to the UK. He made it to France where he caught a boat back to Virginia on a French arms ship. Brooke began practicing law, and served in the House of Delegates, becoming Governor of Virginia in 1794, and Attorney General of Virginia in 1798. He died in office in 1799.