Bryan Robinson was born in County Cavan and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1828 he went to Newfoundland, where in 1831 he was called to the Bar and three years later became Master in Chancery. In 1842 he was elected member of the Newfoundland parliament for Fortune Bay. In 1858 he was appointed a judge, and in 1877 he was knighted. He died in Ealing.