Robert Blakey was born of a humble family in Morpeth, Northumberland on 18 May 1795 and died in London on 26 October 1878 Orphaned at a very early age, he was educated at home. In 1815 he began work as a journalist, collaborating on newspapers and magazines. In 1838 he bought the Newcastle Liberator, which in 1840 merged with the Champion, a London weekly. He was prosecuted for publishing an article on the natural right to resist established power, and forced to sell up; he left England and lived for some time in Belgium. On his return to England he was appointed in 1848 Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Queen's College, Belfast, where he taught until 1860. Having retired from teaching he moved to London, where he died.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.