ROBINSON (afterwards ROBINSON MORRIS), Matthew (1713-1800), of Monks Horton, nr. Hythe, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1747 - 1761

Family and Education

b. 6 Apr. 1713, 1st s. of Matthew Robinson of Edgeley and West Layton, Yorks., by Elizabeth, da. of Robert Drake of Cambridge, gd.-da. and h. of Thomas Morris of Monks Horton; bro.-in-law of Edward Montagu. educ. Westminster 1723-9; L. Inn 1730; Trinity Hall, Camb. 1731, fellow 1734-d. unm. suc. mother to Monks Horton 1746 and took add. name of Morris; fa. 1778; cos. Richard as 2nd Baron Rokeby [I] 10 Oct. 1794.

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The brother of Mrs. Montagu, the well-known blue-stocking, Robinson was returned for Canterbury in 1747 after succeeding to his mother’s Kentish estates. Classed as Opposition, he cooperated with Leicester House in the attacks on General Philip Anstruther in March 1751, till they were suspended by the death of the Prince of Wales.1 He also spoke on the regency bill. In the following session he supported opposition motions to reduce the army and the land tax,2 and opposed the forfeited estates bill.3 Re-elected in 1754, when he was classed as ‘Whig, against’,4 he died 30 Nov. 1800.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Add. 47073.
  • 2. Walpole, Mems. Geo. II, i. 141-2, 213, 218.
  • 3. Add. 32726, f. 221.
  • 4. Add. 33034, f. 177.