Trove Tuesday: Genealogical Account of Lord Goderich's Birth and Parentage

Don't we all just wish we could find an article like this for every person in our tree?

(text of article is below for reading convenience)
1827 'GENEALOGICAL ACCOUNT OF LORD GODERICH'S BIRTH AND PARENTAGE.', The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), 19 December, p. 2, viewed 16 July, 2013,


Lord Viscount Goderich, late the Right Honourable Frederick Robinson, formerly represented the borough of Ripon, in Yorkshire, in Parliament. His Lordship is a younger brother of Lord Grantham, (Thomas Phillip Weddell), Baron of Grantham, in the County of Lincoln. Lord Goderich is, comparatively speaking, a young Premier, as his age cannot much exceed 40, or on the outside 43 or 44 years.

The founder of his family was William Robinson, an eminent Hamburgh Merchant, who was Lord Mayor of the City of York in the years 1581 to 1594, from whom descended

Metcalf Robinson, Esq. created a Bart on the 30th July, 1690, after which he represented the City of York in Parliament for several years. Dying, however, without issue, the title became extinct, while the estates devolved upon his nephew.

Wm. Robinson, in whose person the Baronetcy was revived in the year 1689. He was likewise Lord Mayor of the City of York in 1700, and moreover represented that City in Parliament from 1677 to 1712. He married the daughter of George Aislabie, of Studley Royal, in the County of York, Esq. by whom he had six children, and dying in 1726, was succeeded by his elder son,

Sir Metcalf Robinson, Bart. who died unmarried within a few days of his father, when the title devolved upon his younger brother.

Sir Tancred Robinson, Bart.---This gentleman being a naval officer, rose to the rank of Rear-Admiral of the White. He was twice Lord Mayor of the City of York, in 1718 and 1738. He married Mary, only daughter and heiress of William Norton, Esq. of Disforth, in the county of York, by whom he had nine children. Sir Tancred died 1754, and was succeeded by his eldest son.

Sir William Robinson, Bart. who died without issue, on the 4th March 1770, when the title devolved upon his brother,

Sir Thomas Robinson, Baron Grantham, who commenced his political and diplomatic career, as Secretary of Embassy, 1723, to Horace Walpole, Esq., (afterwards Lord Walpole), Ambassadore to the Court of France. From that period until 1749, he was employed in different important diplomatic missions to the various Courts of Europe. In 1750, he was appointed Master of the Great Wardrobe, and sworn of the Privy Counsel; and in 1754 he was nominated one of his Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, which high office he filled until 1755, when he resumed the post of Master of the Great Wardrobe. He was elevated to the peerage by letters patent, dated the 7th April, 1761, by the style of Lord Grantham, Baron Grantham, in Lincolnshire, and subsequently appointed one of the joint Post-Masters General of Great Britain and Ireland. His Lordship died on the 30th September 1770, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

Thomas Lord Grantham. This nobleman was also a diplomatist, being appointed Secretary of the Embassy to the Congress of Augsburg, in 1761, and Ambassador to the Court of Madrid in 1771. In 1779 he was nominated First Lord of Trade and Plantations; in 1782, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; and in 1783, he concluded the preliminaries of the ever memorable Treaty of Peace with France. His Lordship married in 1780, Mary Jemima, daughter of Philip the second Earl of Hardwicke, and sister and heiress presumptive of Annabel, Countess de Grey, by whom he left two sons---Thomas Philip, the present Lord Grantham, and Frederick John Robinson, late Chancellor of the Exchequer, who was last April raised to the Peerage by the style and title of Viscount Goderich, and succeeded Earl Bathurst as Principal Secretary of State for the War and Colonial Department; since which, upon the demise of Mr. Canning, he was appointed First Lord of the Treasury, and Prime Minister of England, having taken precedence in the Peerage of his elder brother, Thomas Phillip Weddell, the present Lord Grantham, the head of his family, born the 8th December 1781, who succeeded to the family honours upon the demise of his father in 1786, and assumed by Royal permission, the name of Weddell (one of the daughters of his Lordship's ancestors, Sir William Robinson, Knight who married William Weddell, Esquire, of Enswick, in the county of York). The present Lord Grantham married in 1805. Henrietta Frances, youngest daughter of William, late Earl of Enniskillen, by by whom he has now, Frederick William Weddell, bom the 11th April 1813, and three daughters.

A severe domestic calamity, the loss of an only daughter was very nearly inducing Lord Gaderich a short time ago to retire ali ge her from public affairs. He was, however, prevailed upon to continue in office as Chancellor of Exchequer, and when afterwards raised to the Peerage, and put at the head of the Colonial Office, he ably sustained in the House of Lords, the whole weight of defending the short lived Administration of Mr. Canning against the assaults of its numerous opponents.

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