Born: May 18, 1840, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Died: March 17, 1894, Marylebone, London, England.
Buried: Ayot St. Peter Old Cemetery, Ayot St Peter, Welwyn Hatfield District, Hertfordshire, England.
Robert was the son of William Brown and his second wife, Mary Ann Hendrie.
He was educated at St. Mary Hall, Oxford.
His obituary stated that being undecided as to a profession, he initially served in the military:
He accepted a commission in the East York Militia, and subsequently spent some time abroad, during a portion of which he accompanied the allied armies of Prussia and Austria through a great part of the Dano-German campaign, being present at the battle of Oversee [also known as the Battle of Sankelmark].
On his return to England he was offered a commission in the regular army, but he decided to enter Holy Orders [in 1865].
Scarborough Gazette, March 22 1894.
He served as curate of Sudeley (and Chaplain of the Winchcombe Union), Gloucestershire (1865–66) and Evesham, Worcestershire (1866–68); Assistant Minister of the Quebec Chapel, London (1868–69); incumbent of Holy Trinity, Grange, Cumbria (1869); and vicar of All Saints, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (1886, serving 22 years).
He assumed the additional name of Borthwick in 1868, when he married Grace (died 1884), the only surviving daughter of the late Mr. John Borthwick of Borthwick Castle.
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