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Richard Robinson

(b. 1709, Merton, London – d. 10 Oct 1794, Bristol, South West, England )

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Richard Robinson (1708-1794) was the son of William Robinson (1675-1719) and Anne Walters (1677-1730). He took holy orders and went to Ireland in 1751 as chaplain to the Duke of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. He became Bishop of Killala in the same year, and in 1765 was elevated to the position of Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland. He became the 3rd Baronet Rokeby on the death of his brother William Robinson (1704-1785), and in 1777 was created the 1st Baron Rokeby. He never married, and on his death his title passed by special remainder to Matthew Robinson Morris, whose grandfather Thomas Robinson (d.1700) was the cousin of Richard Robinson’s grandfather Thomas Robinson (d.1719). His estate of Rokeby Hall in Ireland was bequeathed to John Friend (1754-1832), the son of Richard’s sister Grace Robinson, who had married William Friend, dean of Canterbury. John Friend took the surname Robinson, and was appointed Archdeacon of Armagh.

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