Francis Robartes

Francis Robartes FRS (c. 1649 – 3 February 1718) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1673 and 1718.

Early lifeEdit

Robartes was the fourth son of John Robartes, 1st Earl of Radnor and his second wife Letitia Isabella Smythe (1630–1714). He was baptised at Lanhydrock in Cornwall on 6 January 1650. He was at school at Chelsea under Mr Cary and was admitted at Christ's College, Cambridge on 2 May 1663 aged 13. Robartes was known as a musical composer and a writer on the theory of sound. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1673.[1]

Political careerEdit

In 1673, Robartes was elected Member of Parliament for Bossiney in the Cavalier Parliament and sat until 1679.[2] He was elected MP for Cornwall in 1679 and sat until 1681.[2] He was elected for Cornwall again in 1685 and sat until 1687. In 1689 he was elected MP for Lostwithiel and sat until 1690[2] when he was re-elected for Cornwall. He was elected MP for Tregony in 1695 and sat until 1702[2] when he was elected MP for Bodmin.[2] He sat for Bodmin until 1708, for Lostwithiel again from 1709 to 1710 and for Bodmin from 1710 to 1718. He was a Teller of the Exchequer from 1704 to 1710.

Later lifeEdit

Robartes became a vice-president of the Royal Society.[3] He was the brother of Robert Robartes and Hender Robartes.[1] Robartes married firstly Penelope Pole, daughter of Sir Courtenay Pole, 2nd Baronet and Urith Shapcote, but had no issue. He married secondly Lady Anne Fitzgerald, daughter of Wentworth Fitzgerald, 17th Earl of Kildare and Lady Elizabeth Holles, and widow of Hugh Boscawen of Tregothnan, and their son, John, inherited the title of 4th Earl of Radnor.

Robartes died at Chelsea, London, aged 68.[1]

AncestryEdit

John Robartes
Richard Robartes, 1st Baron Robartes
Philip Gaverigan
John Robartes, 1st Earl of Radnor
John Hender of Botreaux Castle
Frances Hender
Francis Robartes
Sir Thomas Smythe
Sir John Smythe
Sarah Blount
Isabella Smythe
Robert Rich, 1st Earl of Warwick
Isabella Rich
Penelope Devereux, Lady Rich

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Robartes, Francis (RBRS663F)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b c d e History of Parliament Online - Robartes, Francis
  3. ^ Robartes, Francis (1710). "Concerning the Proportion of Mathematical Points to Each Other. By the Honourable Francis Robartes Esq; Vice-President of the Royal Society". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. 27: 325–336, 470–472. Bibcode:1710RSPT...27..470R. doi:10.1098/rstl.1710.0050.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Robert Robartes
Richard Rous
Member of Parliament for Bossiney
1673–1679
With: Robert Robartes
Succeeded by
John Tregagle
William Coryton
Preceded by
Jonathan Trelawny
Sir John Coryton, Bt
Member of Parliament for Cornwall
1679–1681
With: Sir Richard Edgcumbe
Succeeded by
Lord Lansdown
Viscount Bodmin
Preceded by
Lord Lansdown
Viscount Bodmin
Member of Parliament for Cornwall
1685–1687
With: Lord Lansdown
Succeeded by
Sir John Carew, Bt
Hugh Boscawen
Preceded by
Sir Robert Southwell
Sir Matthias Vincent
Member of Parliament for Lostwithiel
1689 –1690
With: Walter Kendall
Succeeded by
Sir Bevil Granville
Walter Kendall
Preceded by
Sir John Carew, Bt
Hugh Boscawen
Member of Parliament for Cornwall
1690–1695
With: Hugh Boscawen
Succeeded by
John Speccot
Hugh Boscawen
Preceded by
The Earl of Kildare
Hugh Fortescue
Member of Parliament for Tregony
1695–1702
With: James Montagu 1695-1698
Philip Meadowes 1698-1701
Hugh Fortescue 1701-1702
Succeeded by
Hugh Boscawen
Joseph Sawle
Preceded by
John Grobham Howe
John Hoblyn
Member of Parliament for Bodmin
1702–1708
With: John Hoblyn 1702-1706
Thomas Herne 1706-1708
Succeeded by
John Trevanion
Russell Robartes
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
James Kendall
Joseph Addison
Member of Parliament for Lostwithiel
1709– 1710
With: Russell Robartes 1709
Horatio Walpole 1710
Succeeded by
John Hill
Hugh Fortescue
Preceded by
John Trevanion
Russell Robartes
Member of Parliament for Bodmin
1710–1718
With: Russell Robartes 1710-1713
Thomas Sclater 1713-1715
John Legh 1715-1718
Succeeded by
Charles Beauclerk
John Legh