ROBINSON, William (c.1668-1717), of Gwersyllt, Denb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1705 - 1708

Family and Education

b. c.1668, 1st s. of John Robinson† of Monachty, Anglesey and Gwersyllt by 2nd w. Margaret, da. and h. of Edward Norris (d. 1644) of Speke, Lancs.  educ. Christ Church, Oxf. matric. 22 Jan. 1684, aged 15; I. Temple 1684.  m. Aug. 1682, Anne (d. 1693), da. and h. of Timothy Myddelton (7th s. of Sir Thomas Myddelton† of Chirk Castle, Denb. and bro. of Sir Thomas Myddelton, 1st Bt.†) of Plas Cadwgan and Pant Iocyn, Denb., 2s. 1da.  suc. fa. 1681.1

Offices Held

Sheriff, Denb. 1689–90.


Robinson, the son of a former Royalist colonel who had proved his continuing loyalty to Church and King as a Member of the Cavalier Parliament, was brought into the Commons in 1705 by his late wife’s cousin Sir Richard Myddelton, 3rd Bt.*, as a replacement for Edward Brereton, temporarily disgraced in the eyes of local Tories by his abstention over the Tack. Robinson, classed as ‘True Church’ in an analysis of the new Parliament, dutifully voted against the Court candidate in the division on the Speakership on 25 Oct. 1705, and in a list from early 1708 was described as a Tory. In the next general election he made way for another ‘cousin’, Sir William Williams, 2nd Bt.* Robinson died on 15 Nov. 1717, aged 49, and was buried at Gresford, Denbighshire. The direct male line of descent terminated with his grandson’s death by drowning in 1739, after which the family estates were sold off to meet accumulated debts.2

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: D. W. Hayton


  • 1. J. E. Griffiths, Peds. Anglesey and Caern. Fams. 23; A. N. Palmer, Country Townships of Wrexham, 102; Arch. Camb. ser. 4, i. 185–6; ser. 6, iv. 188–9.
  • 2. NLW, Chirk Castle mss E979, Robinson to Myddelton, [1705]; E6065, Williams to same, 13 Apr. 1705; Arch. Camb. ser. 6, iv. 188–9; DWB, 888.