Richard Robinson, 1st Baron Rokeby

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Lord Rokeby, Archbishop of Armagh.

Richard Robinson, 1st Baron Rokeby (1708–1794) was an Irish ecclesiastic.

Robinson came to Ireland as chaplain to the Duke of Dorset in 1751. He was translated from the See of Kildare to the Archbishopric of Armagh in 1765.

In 1777 he was created Baron Rokeby, of Armagh in the Peerage of Ireland.[1]

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 title.

Robert Walpole called Robinson 'a proud but superficial man'. John Wesley accused him of being more interested in buildings than in the care of souls.

Robinson's Rokeby Hall, near Dunleer, County Louth, Ireland, by Cooley and Johnston.
Robinson's Rokeby Hall, and its conservatory.

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  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 11742. p. 1. 4 February 1777.

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Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Mordecai Cary
Bishop of Killala and Achonry
Succeeded by
Samuel Hutchinson
Preceded by
Thomas Salmon
Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin
Succeeded by
Charles Jackson
Preceded by
Thomas Fletcher
Bishop of Kildare
Succeeded by
Charles Jackson
Preceded by
George Stone
Archbishop of Armagh
Succeeded by
William Newcome
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Baron Rokeby
Succeeded by
Matthew Robinson