fonds ROB - Robinson Papers

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Robinson Papers


  • 1176-1694 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.08 cubic metres

3 boxes, 1 deeds box

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Name of creator

(fl 1596-1694)

Biographical history

The Robinson family’s connection to Deighton began in 1596 when Arthur Robinson acquired the manor of Deighton from John Aske. The Aske family had held the manor since 1542, prior to the Reformation it had been held by St Mary’s Abbey, York.

Arthur Robinson was the third son of John Robinson, an Alderman of the City of London and a Merchant of the Staple. A mercer by trade, he acquired the manor of Deighton in 1596 and c.1603 married Elizabeth Walthall, the daughter of London mercer William Walthall, by whom he had at least one son, Luke, born c.1610.

Elizabeth died in 1612 and Arthur married second, Jane, daughter of Sir John Garret, Alderman of the City of London, by whom he had another son, Arthur, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Jane. Arthur Robinson was knighted at Whitehall in 1631 and was High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1632. He died in 1642.

His eldest son Luke was an active member of the Rump Parliament during the interregnum, serving as MP for Scarborough 1645-1653, the North Riding 1656-1658, and Malton 1659, and Commissioner of Sequestrations in 1655. He was MP for Scarborough again in 1660 but was expelled from the House of Commons following the restoration of the monarchy. Luke Robinson died in 1669.

The estate descended to Luke’s brother Arthur, the son of Sir Arthur and his second wife Jane, and then, at Arthur’s death c.1678, to his eldest son Arthur, born c. 1654. Arthur died c.1713 and the manor of Deighton was divided between his daughters Elizabeth Denton, born c.1683, and Grace Braithwaite, born c.1686, passing out of the Robinson family.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was gifted to the Borthwick Institute in 2002.

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Scope and content

Deeds and papers relating to the manor of Deighton, 1176-1619, including a survey of the manor, 1619; receipts relating to the manor of Deighton, 1619-1688; papers relating to Arthur Robinson’s pew in Escrick Church, 1629-1665; deeds box labelled ‘A.R.,’ ? 17th century.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

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Finding aids

A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute.

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Related units of description

Robinson family papers can also be found among the Papers of the Baines Family of Bell Hall, Naburn, at Hull History Centre. These include legal papers, marriage settlements, accounts, and papers regarding the family pew in Escrick Church.

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Institution identifier

GB 193

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 05.05.15.




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