Richard Robinson, 1st Baron Rokeby
The Lord Rokeby
|Lord Primate of All Ireland and Lord Archbishop of Armagh|
Lord Rokeby by Sir Joshua Reynolds
|Other posts||Bishop of Killala and Achonry|
Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin
Bishop of Kildare
|Born||baptized13 July 1708|
|Died||10 October 1794(aged 86)|
|Denomination||Church of Ireland|
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
In 1777 he was created Baron Rokeby, of Armagh in the County of Armagh, in the Peerage of Ireland, with special remainder to Matthew Robinson (1694–1778) of West Layton, in the North Riding of the county of Yorkshire, his second cousin, twice removed, who predeceased him.
In 1774 he founded the County Infirmary. In 1780 he donated land for the erection of a new prison and in 1771 he founded the Armagh Public Library. In 1790 he founded the Armagh Observatory as part of his plan for a university in Armagh. He died on 10 October 1794. His cousin Matthew Robinson, a noted eccentric, inherited his titles.
Richard Cumberland described him as "splendid, liberal, lofty ... publicly ambitious of great deeds, and privately capable of good ones, ... he made no court to popularity by his manners but he benefited a whole nation by his public works."
- MUNIFICENTIA ALUMNORUM PRAECIPUE RICARDI ROBINSON ARCHICEP. ARMAGH.
- (By the munificence of alumni, especially of Richard Robinson, Archbishop of Armagh.)
|Church of Ireland titles|
| Bishop of Killala and Achonry
| Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin
| Bishop of Kildare
| Archbishop of Armagh
|Baronetage of England|
| Robinson baronets
(of Rokeby Park)
|Peerage of Ireland|
|New creation|| Baron Rokeby
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