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Early life and family
During the English Civil War, he served in the Parliamentary Army from 1643 to 1647.
He was appointed Steward of the King's Manor or lordship of Cantref Moelynaidd, and of the boroughs of Knighton and Presteign, Radnorshire.
In 1647, Harley was elected Member of Parliament for Radnor in the Long Parliament. He was excluded under Pride's Purge in 1648 and imprisoned by the Army as Major Robert Harley on 6 December 1648.
He was re-appointed to his stewardship of the Kings Manors in 1660, remaining in post until his death.
In December 1661, he raised a regiment at Dunkirk, which was sent to Tangier and incorporated into the Tangier Regiment. Harley was knighted in the 1660s. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in August 1661. From 1663 to 1664 he was Keeper of the Seals of Barbados and from 1670 to 1671 he was receiver of fee-farm rents for Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire.
- The Royal Society - Selected Fellow's details - Sir Robert Harley
- W R Williams The Parliamentary History of the Principality of Wales
- Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. pp. 229–239.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)
- Dalton, Charles, ed. (1892). English Army Lists and Commission Registers, 1661–1714. I 1661–1685. London: Eyre & Spottiswode. p. 9.
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