ROBINSON, Metcalfe (1629-89), of Newby, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Family and Education

bap. 10 Mar. 1629, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Sir William Robinson of Newby by Frances, da. of Sir Thomas Metcalfe of Nappa. educ. Epping; St. John’s, Camb. 1645. m. 29 Mar. 1653, Margaret, da. of Sir William Darcy of Witton, co. Dur., 3s. d.v.p. 7da. suc. fa. 1658; cr. Bt. 30 July 1660.1

Offices Held

Freeman, York 1659; j.p. Yorks (N. Riding) July 1660-?d., dep. lt. c. Aug. 1660-Oct. 1688; commr. for assessment (N. Riding) Aug. 1660-80, York 1660-79, (W. Riding) 1661-3; capt. of militia horse (N. Riding) by 1662-at least 1679; commr. for corporations, Yorks. 1662-3, recusants (N. and W. Ridings) 1675.2


Robinson’s family was descended from William Robinson, a prominent Hamburg merchant, twice Member for and lord mayor of York under Elizabeth. His father, a ship-money sheriff, helped to defend York for the King during the first Civil War and compounded on a fine of £2,175. Robinson himself, though too young to take part in the Civil War, remained aloof from local affairs during the Interregnum. In February 1660 he signed the Yorkshire petition for a free Parliament presented to George Monck, and was returned for York a few weeks later despite the Long Parliament ordinance. In the Convention he was appointed only to the committee of elections and privileges. Though Lord Wharton marked him as a friend, he was doubtless a court supporter, being rewarded with a baronetcy in July.3

Robinson was re-elected in 1661, again with the support of the corporation. An inactive Member of the Cavalier Parliament, he was appointed to only 12 committees,