ROBARTES, Hon. Francis (1650-1718), of Truro, Cornw. and Twickenham, Mdx.
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Family and Education
bap. 6 Jan. 1650, 4th s. of John Robartes, 1st Earl of Radnor, by his 2nd w. Letitia Isabella, da. of Sir John Smith of Bidborough, Kent. educ. Chelsea sch.; Christ’s, Camb. 1663. m. (1) lic. 13 July 1678, Penelope, da. of Sir Courtenay Pole, 2nd Bt., M.P., of Shute, Devon, s.p.; (2) Lady Anne Fitzgerald, da. of Wentworth, 17th Earl of Kildare [I], wid. of Hugh Boscawen of Tregothnan, Cornw., 2s.
Commr. of revenue [I] 1692-1704; P.C. [I] Mar. 1692; teller of the Exchequer 1704-10; commr. of revenue [I] Oct. 1710-14; vice-pres. of Royal Society.
A composer of music and a distinguished scholar, Robartes was returned for Bodmin as a Whig in 1715 by his nephew Charles Bodvile Robartes, M.P., 2nd Earl of Radnor, voting for the septennial bill in 1716. He died 3 Feb. 1718. His eldest son, John, succeeded to the Radnor title in 1741.