Edward Brabrook
Born1839 Edit this on Wikidata
Died1930 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 90–91)

Sir Edward William Brabrook CB FSA FRAI (10 April 1839 – 20 March 1930) was an English civil servant, author, and anthropologist with a special interest in folklore.[1][2] He was a member of the Folklore Society and a fellow of Society of Antiquaries of London and was awarded the silver Guy Medal in 1909.

Born in 1839 in London, Brabrook was a lawyer by training and became the senior registrar of friendly societies. He wrote extensively on the law relating to working-class self-help institutions, promoting legal guides for industrial and provident (co-operative) societies, trade unions, and savings banks. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1897 Diamond Jubilee Honours.

His works included a proposal for an "Ethnographic Survey of the United Kingdom" put to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, coordinating activities of the Folklore Society, Anthropological Institute and Society of Antiquaries.[3] He was president of the Anthropological Institute in 1895–1897;[4] and president of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society from 1910 to 1930.

He died in 1930 in Wallington, Surrey and was buried at West Norwood Cemetery.



  1. ^ Johnson, Paul. "Brabrook, Sir Edward William". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/74653. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ "Sir Edward Brabrook, C.B. (obit.)". Nature. 125 (3156): 642. 1930. doi:10.1038/125642a0. ISSN 0028-0836.
  3. ^ "Ethnographic Survey of the United Kingdom" Alison Petch, Researcher 'The Other Within' project. Pitt Rivers Museum
  4. ^ "BRABROOK, Edward William". Who's Who, Biographies, 1901: 187. 1901.