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Caroline Croom Robertson

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Caroline Croom Robertson (born 8 April 1838 in Liverpool, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; † 29 May 1892 in London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland) was an English college administrator. She was a secretary and later a fellow of Girton College of the University of Cambridge, which was the first university in England to educate women.

Life and work

Croom Robertson was the fourth daughter of Caroline Fletcher and Justice Charles Crompton. Her sister Mary married theologian John Llewelyn Davies, brother of women’s education activist Emily Davies. She married the Scottish philosopher George Croom Robertson, who was a professor at University College London, in 1872. From 1870 to 1876 they were both members of the committee of the London National Society for Women’s Suffrage[1]. She and her husband supported the demands to improve education for women and that women could attend courses at University College as students.

In 1877 she applied to be a secretary at Girton College, which was the first university college in England to admit women. Her role was to assist the co-founder, Emily Davies. When she resigned from this position for health reasons in 1881, the new role of bursar was created just for her. She was paid £70 per year and was responsible for finances and the College seal. This responsibility was normally only given to men at that time.

She died in 1892 in Kensington Park Gardens in London and her husband left £1000 to the New Hospital for Women, founded by Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, to create a “Caroline Croom Robertson” bed.

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  1. Robertson Papers – Archives Hub.Retrieved 22 January 2021.