CORBET, Sir Robert, 4th Bt. (?1670-1740), of Stoke, Salop.
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b. ?1670, o. surv. s. of Sir John Corbet, 3rd Bt., of Stoke by his 1st w. Theophilia, da. and h. of John Campbell of Woodford, Essex, gd.-da. of John Mohun, M.P., 1st Baron Mohun of Okehampton. educ. Ch. Ch. Oxf. 6 July 1687, aged 17, I. Temple 1688. m. (lic. 21 June 1693) Jane, da. of William Hooker and gd.-da. of Sir William Hooker, ld. mayor of London, 3s. 3da. suc. fa. 1695.
Sheriff, Salop 1700-1; clerk of the Green Cloth 1720-35; commr. of customs 1735-d.
A staunch Whig, belonging to a junior branch of an ancient Shropshire family, Corbet was unopposed in his first two elections for the county. Re-elected after a stiff contest in 1715, he voted with the Government in all recorded divisions and in 1720 was rewarded with a place in the Household. Defeated for the county in 1722, he never stood again, but retained his office until 1735 when he exchanged it for a place at the customs to make way for a Member of the House of Commons.1 He died 3 Oct. 1740.
Ref Volumes: 1715-1754
Author: J. B. Lawson
- 1. HMC Egmont Diary, ii. 178, wrongly described as Sir Richard Corbet.