GROOME, Robert Hindes

1810 - 1889

Robert Hindes Groome

Robert Hindes Groome, was born at Framlingham, Suffolk on 18 January 1810, second son of Revd John Hindes Groome (1776-1845), rector of Earl Soham and Monks Soham, Suffolk, and his wife Mary, daughter of William Burcham of London. Educated at Norwich school under Edward Valpy (1764-1832) and at the age of 18, admitted pensioner at Caius College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1832 proceeding MA in 1836. Ordained deacon in 1833 to the Suffolk curacy of Tannington with Brundish and ordained priest 1834. During 1835-1838 he travelled through Germany as tutor to Rafæl Mendizabal, son the Spanish ambassador. In 1839, Groome went as curate at Corfe Castle, Dorset where he was also mayor 1839-1840 but in 1845, on the death of his father, succeeded as vicar of Monk Soham where over the next forty-four years he built the rectory, the village school and restored the church. A pupil of artist Henry Bright [q.v.] sometime between 1841-1855 and, being well read in the plays of Elizabethan dramatists, at Cambridge he became acquainted with W B Donne [q.v.], Edward FitzGerald [q.v.] and William Hepworth Thompson (1810-1886), master of Trinity who remained his firm friends during their lives. He married on 1 February 1843 Mary, youngest daughter of Revd James Leonard Jackson, rector of Swanage, Dorset and his wife Louisa Decima Hyde Wollaston, and had eight children including Francis Hindes Groome (1851-1902), author on gypsies. He died at Monks Soham rectory on 16 March 1889, his wife lived a further four years at the Manor House, Pakenham, Suffolk before joining him in Monks Soham churchyard. For five years from 1861, he edited the 'Christian Advocate and Review' and encouraged and assisted his son Francis to edit a series of Suffolk Notes & Queries for the 'Ipswich Journal' 1887-88 writing most of the material between them.