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vincent  •  Link

Interesting Character: Certainly a diplomat being on both sides of the fence.
Robartes, Sir John\ [Danvers House] "... was let from 1660 to 1685 to John Lord Robartes, later Earl of Radnor, who despite having fought for Cromwell was able to entertain Charles II within months of the restoration. Samuel Pepys was also a visitor and 'found it to be the prettiest contrived house that I ever saw in my life'...." from


more of his history : still has supporters at: and a history

Cornwall and its part in the interregum and the after effects: and Robartes involvement with Cromwell

The army connection at:

Gwyn Howells  •  Link

The Robartes referred to was Lord and not Sir John Robartes. He did not fight for Cromwell although his son Robert was page-boy at the Protector's Inauguration in 1657.

Pauline  •  Link

from L&M Companion
Sir John Robartes, 2nd Baron Robartes, cr. Earl of Radnor 1679
(1606-85). Pepys's chief as Lord Privy Seal, an office he held from 1661-73. A wealthy and influential West-country figure, he had founght on the parliamentary side as a Presbyterian in the Civil War but had withdrawn from politics in the 1650s, and like Sandwich and Crew formed one of the group of moderates who supported the cause of restoration in 1659-60. He was rewarded by a place on the Treasury commission and the post of Lord-Deputy of Ireland, but resigned the latter out of pique at not being made Lord-lieutenant. At the Privy Seal, to which he was appointed in compensation, he was slow and obstructive. In 1669-70 he had a disastrous year as Ormond's successor as Lord-Lieutenant, and later served as Lord President of the Council 1679-84 and on the Tangier Committee. He was a morose and unsociable man, unpopular not only with Pepys but with almost everyone who knew him. He ceased to be a Presbyterian after 1660, but supported the cause of toleration of nonconformists. His London house was in Chelsea, opposite Crosby Hall.

His eldest son, Robert, styled Viscount Bodmin from 1679, whose marriage to Sara Bodville drew Pepy's attention, died before his father in 1682. He had been appointed ambassador to Denmark in 1681.

Gwyn Howells  •  Link

Lord Robartes, Earl of Radnor , was painted by his enemies as a morose and unsociable man. Those who knew him better, or who had enjoyed his patronage, praised him as a man of principle, a lover of learning and a friend to foreigners (mainly Huguenots). He sponsored, for example, the research of John Graunt who was the first to analyse tables of mortality and population growth in London. Is it surprising that a man who had fathered nineteen children and, by 1682, had survived all but five of them, should be rather solemn? His problem was being too Calvinistic and high minded in an age of lax morality. And yet, he served Charles II loyally and did not oppose the catholic James II's right to the throne. Old images greatly underestimate him.

luke  •  Link

this is the roberts family connection from Ireland to england.

Bill  •  Link

John, second Lord Robartes, created Viscount Bodmin and Earl of Radnor in July, 1679. At the Restoration William Viscount Say and Sele was appointed Lord Privy Seal, but he was succeeded in May, 1661, by Lord Robartes, who held the office until April, 1673. Lord Radnor died July 17th, 1685.
---Wheatley, 1899.

Bill  •  Link

The Lord Privy Seal was John, Lord Robartes, and his house stood at the corner of Paradise Row and Robinson's Lane. Lord Robartes was created Earl of Radnor in 1679, and one of the streets in the neighbourhood of his house is called Radnor Street.
---Wheatley, 1899.

Bill  •  Link

ROBARTES, Sir JOHN, first Earl Of Radnor, second Baron Robartes, and second baronet (1606-1685), of Exeter College, Oxford; succeeded his father as second baron Robartes, 1634; voted with the popular party during the Long parliament; he became a colonel in Essex's army, and in 1644 held the rank of field-marshal; was a strong presbyterian, and after Charles I's execution took no further share in public affairs; made at the Restoration lord-deputy of Ireland, an office which he exchanged for that of lord privy seal; closely associated with Clarendon's opponents from 1663; appointed lord-lieutenant of Ireland, 1669; recalled, 1670; created Earl of Radnor, 1679; appointed lord president of the council, 1679.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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