ROBINSON, Luke (1610-69), of Thornton Riseborough, Normanby, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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23 Oct. 1645
Jan. - 7 Mar. 1659
4 Apr. - 11 June 1660

Family and Education

bap. 6 Sept. 1610, 1st s. of Sir Arthur Robinson of Deighton, Northallerton, Yorks. by 1st w. Elizabeth, da. of William Walthall, Mercer, of London. educ. Shenley, Herts.; Aughton, Yorks.; St. Peter’s, York; Christ’s, Camb. 1627; G. Inn 1630. m. (1) 9 May 1633, Frances (d.1634), da. of Phineas Hodgson, DD, chancellor of York Minster, 1 da.; (2) 1636, Mary (d.1642), da. of Edward Penell of Woodston, Lindridge, Worcs., 1s. d.v.p. 2da.; (3) Judith, da. of Sir John Reade of Wrangle, Lincs., 3s. 1da. suc. fa. 1642.1

Offices Held

Commr for assessment, Yorks (N. Riding) 1644 9, 1657-9, Yorks. 1650-2, York 1652, 1657, N. Riding and York Jan. 1660, militia, Yorks. 1648, Yorks. and York 1659, Yorks. Mar. 1660, drainage of the fens 1649; j.p. (N. Riding) by 1650-July 1660, (E. Riding) 1651 July 1660; commr. for poor prisoners, Yorks. 1653, security 1655-6.2

Commr. for exclusion from sacrament 1646, scandalous offences 1648; Councillor of State 1649-51, 31 Dec. 1659-23 Feb. 1660; commr. for obstructions 1651-2, customs and excise appeals 1659-Feb. 1660.


Robinson’s grandfather, of Staffordshire origin, became a Merchant Taylor and alderman of London. His father bought the manor of Thornton Riseborough in 1632. Robinson himself, the first of the family to sit, was a Parliamentarian in the Civil War, a recruiter and a Rumper. Although a ‘dedicated revolutionary’ he was not a regicide. Reappointed to the Council of State on the fall of the military regime, he was sent with Thomas Scot to spy on George Monck in January 1660. He lost his office on the return of the secluded Members, but was returned for Scarborough at the ge