Born: November 14, 1832, Glendoen, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland.
Died: March 18, 1916, The Four Winds, Ewhurst, Surrey, England.
Buried: St. John-at-Hampstead churchyard, Hampstead, London.
Brooke attended Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland (BA 1856, MA 1858). He won the Downes Prize, and the Vice Chancellor’s prize for English verse.
He took Holy Orders, and became curate of St. Matthew’s, Marylebone (1857–59); Kensington (1860–63); chaplain to the British Embassy in Berlin (1863–65); minister of St. James Chapel, York Street, London (1866–75); and of Bedford Chapel, 1876. He became Chaplain in Ordinary to Queen Victoria in 1872.