WROTH, Robert (1660-1720), of Burpham, nr. Guildford, Surr.
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Family and Education
bap. 27 Aug. 1660, 2nd s. of Sir Henry Wroth of Durrants, Enfield, Mdx. by Anne Maynard, da. of William, 2nd Baron Maynard; gd.-s. of Henry Wroth by Jane Harris. m. 1687, Knightly, da. of Humphry Wyrley, prothonotary of court of common pleas, 2s. 3da. suc. aunt Mary, illegit da. of Sir Francis Wolley by Jane Harris and w. of Sir John Wyrley of Hamstead, Staffs. at Burpham 1676.1
Cornet, independent tp. of Horse 1685; ensign 4 Tp. Horse Gren. Gds. 1686, lt. 1687, capt. 1688; lt.-col. R. Horse Gds. 1703-8; brig.-gen. 1707; maj.-gen. 1710.
Clerk of the Green Cloth 1715-d.
Wroth owned an estate near Guildford, carrying with it a considerable interest in the borough, for which he sat in 1705 and again in 1710, when he was unseated ‘for not being acceptable to those who were then in power’, i.e. the Tory majority of the House of Commons. At George I’s accession he was made a clerk of the Green Cloth by the ‘procurement or assistance’ of the 1st Lord Onslow, for whose family he had always shown ‘an unalterable attachment’.2 Brought in for Guildford by the 2nd Lord Onslow, at a by-election in 1717, he voted with the Administration till his death, 4 Feb. 1720.