Brooke Robinson was born at Beaconsfield House, Dudley on 11th September 1836.
His grandfather was a solicitor in town, as was his father William Robinson, who was also Dudley's coroner.
The young Brooke was educated at Rugby and was destined to follow in his family tradition. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1858, eventually taking over the family business.
In 1860 he was elected, unopposed, as County Coroner for the Dudley district, a post he held until 1874. He was also a member of the Board of Health for Dudley and was, for some time, an officer in the Worcestershire Yeomanry, having charge of the Dudley troop.
Brooke married Eugenia Frederica Louisa Collis on 10th March 1870 in Kinver Church. The marriage lasted over twenty years. She died on 4th May 1891. In memory of his wife, he installed a stained glass window in Dudley Parish Church.
In 1902, Brooke married Mabel Askew.