Date of Award

Winter 2009

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

Eliga Gould


Very little is known of John Robinson. This paper endeavors to partially remedy this problem. In order to attempt such a significant project a variety of works were consulted.

While there is very little information about Robinson's first eighteen years, we can piece together insight from the times in which he lived. Further clues come from his own writings while the reminiscences of those who knew him offer additional insight.

Secondary writings include authors such as the late O.S. Davis, William Wallace Fenn, and Perry Miller. Contemporary authors encompass Stephen Brachlow, Timothy George, and Keith Sprunger. A few pictures have been added to help the reader grasp the times and places of this story.

While present-day scholars are unable to offer a detailed word description of who John Robinson was, there is enough information to sketch a penciled likeness, as it were, of this remarkable man.

1Timothy George, John Robinson and the English Separatist Tradition (Macon, Georia: Mercer University Press, 2005), vii.