ROBYNS, James (by 1625-at least 1682), of Glasney College, Penryn, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Family and Education

b. by 1625. m. 1s. d.v.p. 1da.1

Offices Held

Saymaster of the stannaries 1661-d.; steward of Penryn and Helston manors 1664-74; commr. for assessment, Cornw. 1664-74; stannator, Penwith and Kerrier 1673.2


Robyns took the protestation in Penryn in 1641. A successful attorney, he obtained from Charles I the reversion of the assay of tin, for which, presumably, his estate was sequestrated in 1652. But a year later it was discharged by the committee for compounding as no evidence of delinquency had been produced.3

Returned for Penryn at the contested general election of 1660, Robyns was classed as a friend by Lord Wharton. He was appointed to no committees in the Convention, and was given leave of absence on 15 Aug. 1660, but he was doubtless a court supporter. In January 1661 he was confirmed in office at a salary of £200 p.a., with reversion to his son, on the recommendation of Richard Arundell and Francis Godolphin, and he probably never stood again, though he clashed with Samuel Enys over the tin farm. His last appearance at the Treasury was in November 1682, but the date of his death has not been ascertained. His daughter married Sir Vyell Vyvyan.4

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. CSP Dom. 1660-1, p. 497; PCC 27 Grey.
  • 2. Cal. Treas. Bks. i. 211; Add. 6713, f. 377; 33590, ff. 159v-160v.
  • 3. Cornw. Protestation Returns ed. Stoate, 21; LJ, v. 10; CSP Dom. 1648-9, p. 393; Cal. Comm. Adv. Money, 1428; SP23/32/113.
  • 4. Cal. Treas. Bks. i. 183, 629; vii. 628; CSP Dom. 1660-1, p. 496.