Buckley, Robert J

Collection date: Jun 1911

Area: Staffordshire

Robert J Buckley of Abbots Bromley: Robert Buckley sent a tune for the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance to Sharp in June 1911 (FT2531b) as well as another tune Flaxley Green (FT2611) in July 1911. As a child Robert had picked up these tunes from a fiddler when he was young. That fiddler was Henry Robinson (see separate profile).

Robert was obviously a musical child. He was born c1846 in Abbots Bromley, son of Robert Buckley Snr, master tailor and his wife Margaret. Robert Snr was born at Trelane, Co Monaghan, while Margaret was born in Liverpool of Irish extraction. In 1871 at Abbots Bromley Robert John Buckley Jr had set himself up as a ‘Professor of Music’ and then moved to Bordesley to carry on his teaching by 1881. He and his wife Mary had 5 children.

Perhaps he was already thinking of changing his work to that of journalism, as in the 1881 census he was accommodating Gustav Bertram, a foreign correspondent. In 1891, 1901 and 1911 he was described as a journalist. Perhaps he met Sharp in that capacity.

Robert Buckley died on 26/12/1938 in Moseley.

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