May 1842, Royton, Lancashire, England.
July 12, 1914, Oldham, Lancashire, England.
Jackson’s father played the organ at St. Peter’s Church in Oldham. Robert attended the Royal Academy of Music, and served as organist at St. Mark’s Church at Grosvenor Square in London. He also played in the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In 1868, he took over his father’s duties at St. Peter’s in Oldham, and played the organ there 46 years (together they served almost an entire century). He also served as head of the Oldham Musical Society, 1891–1906.