Robert Bell (January 16, 1800 - April 12, 1867) was an Irish man of letters.
Bell was born at Cork, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he was one of the founders of the Dublin Historical Society. In 1828 he settled in London, where he edited a weekly paper, the Atlas, and until 1841 worked as ajournalist.
His most important work is his annotated edition of the English Poets (24 vols., 1854-1857; new ed., 29 vols., 1866), the works of each poet being prefaced by a memoir. For Lardner's, Cabinet Cyclopaedia he wrote: History of Russia (3 vols., 1836-1838); Lives of English Poets (2 vols., 1839); a continuation, with W Wallace, of Sir James Mackintosh's History of England (vols. iv.-x., 1830-1840); and the fifth volume (1840) of the Lives of the British Admirals, begun by Robert Southey. He was a director of the Royal Literary Fund, and well known for his open-hearted generosity to fellow men of letters.
Robert Bell is a Brampton, Ontario business person, a past president and now life time member of the Brampton Board of Trade. He was named Brampton's Business Person of the Year in 1990.
Robert Bell (d. 1577) Educated at Cambridge, of the Middle Temple. Bell's father John Bell LL.D was active in the affairs of the Henrician Reformation, and was employed by Henry VIII in divers ways. No doubt it was his fathers influence which afforded him an unparalleled knowledge of the law for which he was famed. Robert Bell's career was launched by a fortunate third marriage to a baroness and coheir, Dorothy Beaupre, 15 Oct. 1559. This afforded him a large estate in Outwell, Norfolk, along with the local offices and status that came with it. As MP for King's Lynn during the 1563 and 1571 Parliaments, Bell was considered a radical and was noted by Cecil (Lord Burghley), as one of the two leading trouble makers in Parliament. Perhaps it was Bell's quality of being outspoken which revealed his niche, as he became Speaker in 1572. During his stint as Speaker of the House of Commons, he resided over some of the more dynamic issues of the Elizabethan period, notably, a session concerned with the question of Mary Queen of Scots. His efforts helped establish the foundation for precidents which became common place in the House during the following century. In 1577, he was promoted to serjeant at Law, Made a Judge, and was appointed Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer. A "Sage and grave man" Bell's prowess with the Exchequer affairs of the period were for the most part conservative. However, his past radicalism was conveyed and evidenced at the rising sun of Exploration and dawn of the Colonization of the New world. Apparently Robert's son Edmund Bell shared his father's zeal and invested heavily in privateering. Unfortunately, Robert Bell's success was short lived. While residing as Judge at the Oxford assizes, afterward deemed the (Black Assizes), He was exposed to prisoners of foul condition, and caught gaol fever, and soon afterward died 25 July, 1577 in Worcester. R.R.L.B