Robert Wyburn was born in 1831 and followed into his father's profession as a cabinet maker.

Not much is know of this provincial maker but he seems to have had a sporadic career. He was living in Taunton at the age of 20 and 2 years later, in 1856 applied for a patent for improving the construction of easy chairs. It is unclear why in 1854 he sold the stock of his furniture business but as his patent application suggests, it would appear he carried on as a cabinet maker. By 1871 he's noted as a Commercial Traveller and in 1880 he followed his father, who had left 30 years before, to the United States. He travelled with his wife Elizabeth and son, who like Robert was described as a merchant.