Charles Robartes, 2nd Earl of Radnor


Charles Robartes, 2nd Earl of Radnor

Charles Bodvile Robartes, 2nd Earl of Radnor PC FRS (1660–1723) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1679 until 1685 when he inherited a peerage as Earl of Radnor. He was styled Viscount Bodmin from 1682 to 1685.

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Family

Robartes was the son of Robert Robartes, Viscount Bodmin, eldest son of John Robartes, 1st Earl of Radnor and his wife Sarah Bodvel, daughter of John Bodvel of Bodvile Castle, Cornwall. His father was ambassador to Denmark in 1681, and his mother was a noted beauty. She should have been a considerable heiress, but on her father's death a new will found in favour of Thomas Wynn, son of Sir Richard Wynn, 2nd Baronet, involved the Robartes family in years of litigation.

In 1679 Robartes was elected Member of Parliament for Bossiney and held the seat until 1685.[1] On the death of his father in 1682 he inherited the courtesy title Viscount Bodmin. He was elected MP for Cornwall in 1685[2] but later in the year he inherited the title of Baron Robartes and the earldom on the death of his grandfather John Robartes, 1st Earl of Radnor. He was the owner of Wimpole Hall and a Privy Counsellor. He was at various times the Lord Warden of the Stannaries, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and Custos Rotulorum of Cornwall and Treasurer of the Chamber.

The title became extinct on the death of the fourth earl, John Robartes (1686–1757), eldest son of Francis Robartes. [3]

See also

List of deserters from James II to William of Orange

Notes

References

Parliament of England
Preceded by
William Coryton
John Tregagle
Member of Parliament for Bossiney
1679–1685
With: Narcissus Luttrell 1679–1681
Sir Peter Colleton 1681–1685
Succeeded by
John Cotton
John Mounsteven
Preceded by
Francis Robartes
Sir Richard Edgcumbe
Member of Parliament for Cornwall
1685
With: Lord Lansdown
Succeeded by
Lord Lansdown
Francis Robartes
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Bath
Lord Warden of the Stannaries
1701–1702
Succeeded by
The Lord Granville
Preceded by
The Lord De La Warr
Treasurer of the Chamber
1714–1720
Succeeded by
Henry Pelham
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Bath
Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall
1696–1702
Succeeded by
The Lord Granville
Custos Rotulorum of Cornwall
1696–1702
Preceded by
The Earl of Rochester
Lord Lieutenant and
Custos Rotulorum of Cornwall

1714–1723
Vacant
Title next held by
Richard Edgcumbe
Peerage of England
Preceded by
John Robartes
Earl of Radnor
1685–1723
Succeeded by
Henry Robartes

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