Robert Thorpe (Canadian judge)
In 1801, he became chief justice for Prince Edward Island. Because he was not getting paid on time, he sailed to England in 1804 but was captured by a French privateer. Thorpe later escaped and was named to Court of King's Bench in Upper Canada. On the death of his friend, William Weekes, in a duel, he was elected in a by-election to the 4th Parliament of Upper Canada representing Dundas, Simcoe & 1st York. (In that election, his supporters included at least twelve men who would later be accused of treason, one being Elijah Bentley). He advocated that the executive council should be responsible to the elected representatives. He was suspended from office by the lieutenant governor Francis Gore in July 1807.
In 1808, he was appointed the first chief justice in Sierra Leone (chief justice and judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court). He served until 1811 and later dismissed from colonial service.
Thorpe left Sierra Leone in 1811 and died in London in 1836.