Thomas Robinson, 2nd Baron Grantham
The Lord Grantham
|First Lord of Trade|
9 December 1780 – 11 July 1782
|Prime Minister||Lord North |
The Marquess of Rockingham
|Preceded by||The Earl of Carlisle|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Sydney (President of the Committee on Trade and Foreign Plantations)|
|Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs|
13 July 1782 – 2 April 1783
|Prime Minister||The Earl of Shelburne|
|Preceded by||Hon. Charles James Fox|
|Succeeded by||Hon. Charles James Fox|
|Born||30 November 1738|
|Died||20 July 1786(aged 47)|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Mary Yorke|
|Alma mater||Christ's College, Cambridge|
Background and education
Grantham was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Thomas Robinson, 1st Baron Grantham, British Ambassador to Austria at the time, by his wife Frances, daughter of Thomas Worsley. He was educated at Westminster School and at Christ's College, Cambridge,
Grantham entered parliament as member for Christchurch in 1761, and succeeded to the peerage, because of his father's death, in 1770. That year he was appointed to the Privy Council. In 1771 he was sent as British Ambassador to Spain and retained this post until war broke out between Great Britain and Spain in 1779. In 1772, while at the Summer Spanish Court in Aranjuez, he received correspondence from Richard Wall, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 1780 to 1782 Grantham was President of the Board of Trade, and from July 1782 to April 1783 Foreign Secretary under Lord Shelburne.
Marriage & progeny
In 1780 Lord Grantham married Lady Mary Jemima Yorke (1757-1830), younger daughter of Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke by his wife Lady Jemima Campbell (1723-1797), suo jure 2nd Marchioness Grey, a daughter of John Campbell, 3rd Earl of Breadalbane and Holland and Lady Amabel Grey, a daughter of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent (1671-1740).
In 1740 Lord Grantham's mother-in-law Lady Jemima Campbell (1723-1797) succeeded as Marchioness Grey by a special remainder upon the death of her maternal grandfather Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent, who also held that title. As she had no male heirs, the title later became extinct upon her own death in 1797, but in 1816 her elder daughter Lady Amabel Yorke (1750–1833) (wife of Alexander Hume-Campbell, Lord Polwarth) was created Countess de Grey in her own right.
Lord Grantham and his wife lived at Grantham House in Whitehall Yard, Westminster. By his wife had two sons:
- Thomas de Grey, 2nd Earl de Grey, eldest son and heir. He was born as Thomas Philip Robinson, his surname was Weddell from 1803 and de Grey from 1833.
- Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, 1st Earl of Ripon (1782–1859), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1827 and 1828.
He died on 20 July 1786, aged only 46, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son, Thomas de Grey, 2nd Earl de Grey. His widow continued to live at Grantham House until her own death in January 1830, aged 72 years. 
Styles of address
- 1738–1761: Mr Thomas Robinson
- 1761: The Hon Thomas Robinson
- 1761–1770: The Hon Thomas Robinson MP
- 1770: The Rt Hon The Lord Grantham
- 1770–1786: The Rt Hon The Lord Grantham PC
- "Robinson, Thomas (RBN755T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)
- Letters from Wall to Robinson, 30 December 1772, 10 December 1776, 13 December 1774, 18 October 1777. Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service L 30/14/409/1-4. Wall lived at Soto de Roma, Íllora, near Granada and mentions people from England visiting him, receiving and sending little presents.
- "Grantham House". British History Online. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). . Encyclopædia Britannica. 12 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 359–360.
|Parliament of Great Britain|
Sir Thomas Robinson
| Member of Parliament for Christchurch
With: James Harris
Sir James Harris
| Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
The Earl of Carlisle
| First Lord of Trade
as President of the Committee on
Trade and Foreign Plantations
Charles James Fox
| Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Charles James Fox
|Peerage of Great Britain|
| Baron Grantham