See also:Canadian statesman and jurist, was the son of Christopher
See also:Robinson (1764-1798), one of the
See also:band known as
See also:Loyalists, who came to
See also:Canada at the conclusion of the
See also:American Revolution . He was
See also:born at
See also:Quebec, on the 26th of
See also:July 1791, and studied under Dr
See also:Strachan, by whom his religious and
See also:political ideas were much influenced . He served with distinction at the beginning of the war of 1812, and later in the war was appointed acting
See also:attorney-general of Upper Canada . In 1815 he visited England and read
See also:law at Lincoln's
See also:Inn . From 1818 till 1829 he was the
See also:head of the Tory party in Upper Canada (the so-called "
See also:Family Compact ") . In 1829 he became chief
See also:justice of Upper Canada, which position he held till shortly before his
See also:death on the 31st'of
See also:January 1863 . Not one of his decisions was ever reversed on
See also:appeal . In 1824 and again in 1839 he strongly advocated a federal union of
See also:America, and in 1839 opposed in Canada and the Canada
See also:Bill the legislative union of the two Canadas
See also:pro-posed by
See also:Lord Durham . In 1854 he was created a
See also:baronet of the United
See also:Kingdom and in 1855 a D.C.L. of
See also:Oxford University . His unbending Toryism rendered him a reactionary in politics, but his bitterest opponents admitted his sincerity and patriotism . Several of his sons
See also:rose to
See also:eminence, John Beverley Robinson (182o-1896) becoming a member of the Dominion ,parliament and
See also:governor of Ontario (188o-1887) .
Christopher Robinson (1828–1905) was for many years the acknowledged
See also:leader of the Canadian
See also:Bar . His
See also:Life, by his son, Major-General C . W . Robinson, C.B . (
See also:Toronto and
See also:London, 1904), gives a very favourable picture of the
See also:fine old colonial
See also:gentleman and loyalist . For a less favourable view see J . C . Dent, Canadian Portrait Gallery, vol. iv . (Toronto, 1881) .
MARY [" Perdita "] ROBINSON (1758–1800)
SIR JOSEPH BENJAMIN ROBINSON (1845– )
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