Robert Pashley was born on 4 September 1805 in York, and died 29 May 1859 in London after a Short illness. He was the son of the barrister Robert Pashley of Hull. Pashley was educated at Mansfield, then entered Trinity College, Cambridge on 3 May 1825. In 1829 he was awarded a double first in the classical tripos; he was elected fellow of his college in 1826. In 1832 he was awarded an MA. The following year he left on a tour of Greece, Asia Minor and Crete as part of his travelling fellowship. He also spent some time in the archives in Venice. His sea passages were funded by the Admiralty through the influence of Sir Francis Beaufort.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.