Christopher Robin Milne

English author and bookseller

Christopher Robin Milne (21 August 1920 – 20 April 1996) was the son of author A. A. Milne. As a child, he was the inspiration of the character Christopher Robin in his father's Winnie-the-Pooh stories and in two books of poems.

Christopher Robin Milne
Born(1920-08-21)21 August 1920
Died20 April 1996(1996-04-20) (aged 75)
Totnes, Devon, England, UK
Cause of deathMyasthenia gravis
EducationGibbs School
Boxgrove Preparatory School
Stowe School
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
Lesley de Sélincourt
(m. 1948; his death 1996)
ChildrenClare Milne (1956–2012)
Parent(s)A. A. Milne
Dorothy de Sélincourt

Milne gave the original stuffed animals that inspired the Pooh characters to the books' editor, who in turn donated them to the New York Public Library.[1] He hated the idea of Winnie-the-Pooh being commercialized.[2]

Milne died in his sleep on 20 April 1996 in Totnes, Devon, aged 75.[3]


  1. Taylor, Marjorie (1999). Imaginary Companions and the Children Who Create Them. Oxford University Press. p. 120. ISBN 0-19-507704-0.
  2. Heathcote, Graham (31 August 1980). "Christopher Robin turns 60". Kingman Daily Milner. p. 10.
  3. Ann Thwaite. "Obituary: Christopher Milne". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-06-06.