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John Robinson in the procession to the annual service of the Order of the Garter

Dr John Martin Robinson, FSA (born 1948) is a British architectural historian and officer of arms.

He was born in Preston, Lancashire and educated at the Benedictine school at Fort Augustus, the University of St Andrews (MA) and matriculated to Oriel College, Oxford University for his DPhil in 1970. He worked for the Greater London Council Historic Buildings Division from 1974.

He is Maltravers Herald of Arms Extraordinary at the College of Arms, and was formerly Fitzalan Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary from 1982. He was appointed Librarian to the Earl Marshal in 1978.

Robinson is also a Knight of Magistral Grace of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He lives at Beckside House, Lancashire. Dr. Robinson is an active member of the Georgian Group.


  • Grass Seed in June - The Making of an Architectural Historian (autobiography), J. M. Robinson. Michael Russell (Publishing) Ltd. (2006) ISBN 978-0-85955-301-8.
  • The Regency Country House, John Martin Robinson, Aurum Press (2005), ISBN 978-1845130534.
  • Georgian Model Farms: A Study of Decorative and Model Farm Buildings in the Age of Improvement, 1700-1846, J. M. Robinson. Oxford University Press (1992).
  • Francis Johnson Architect, J. M. Robinson & David Neave. Oblong Creative (2001) ISBN 978-0953657438.
  • A.D. Profile 22: Hawksmoor's Christ Church, Spitalfields in: Architectural Design, 7/1979 C. Amery, R. W. Chitham, K. Downes, J. Gillingham, J. Kenworthy-Browne, R. A. Beddard, J. M. Robinson, G. Stamp. pp.1–32.
  • Cameron discoveries in: Architectural Review, 1982, 1030. J. M. Robinson, D. Shvidkovsky. pp.42–51 - includes bibliographical references.
  • "The Signior" in: AA-Files, 1985, 8 J. M. Robinson. pp.108–109 - book review.
  • "In pursuit of excellence" in: Country Life, 1979, 4277 J. M. Robinson. pp.2113–2114.
  • "Classical quartet: new country houses" in: Country Life, 35/1990 J. M. Robinson. pp.74–77.
  • "No. 20 St James's Square, London" in: Country Life, 44/1989 J. M. Robinson pp.152–157.
  • "Pavilions to pleasure" in: Country Life, 14/1989 K. Powell, J. Glancey, J. M. Robinson. pp.132–133.
  • "Scraping the ceiling" in: Country Life, 16/1989 J. M. Robinson. pp.192–193.
  • John Martin Robinson, "The Dukes of Norfolk", 1983, 1995 ISBN 0 85033973
  • John Martin Robinson, "Arundel's Temembrances (1987)
  • John Martin Robinson, "Arundel Castle(1994)


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