Robert Furley was born 1809 in St Georges Parish, Canterbury, the sixth child of John Furley, the Managing Partner of Canterbury Bank, and Elizabeth Buckhurst. Robert qualified as an Attorney and moved to Ashford where he practised for most of his life. He died there on 9th August 1887 at the age of 78.
His life's work, published in his sixties, is A History of the Weald, with an outline of The Early History of the County published in two volumes in 1871 and 1874. He was also a prominent member of the Kent Archaeological Society where he presented and published papers on An Outline of the History of Romney marsh in 1880, The Early History of Tenterden in 1882 and The Early History of Ashford in 1883.
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