Fonds F 44

John Beverley Robinson family fonds

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John Beverley Robinson family fonds
Dates of Creation
1784, 1803-1905
Physical Description

1.5 metres of textual records

47 drawings

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records of Sir John Beverley Robinson, Christopher Robinson, Sir Charles W. Robinson, Sir Frederick P. Robinson, and of Sir William H. Robinson.

Fonds includes: five bound diaries of John Beverley Robinson, bound correspondence between John Beverley Robinson and Emma Walker, an album of manuscript poems by Bishop John Strachan and Lady Sarah Maitland, a scrapbook of commissions, as well as loose commissions and appointments, a scrapbook of autograph letters and portrait reproductions, Robinson family arms with two wax seals issued by the College of Heralds, London, England in 1854, and document with wax seal granting title of Baronet to Sir John Beverley Robinson in 1854. Fonds also includes: general correspondence, bonds, reports, agreements, addresses, accounts, indentures, records arising from a special commission on the trial for treason in 1838, charges to the grand jury (arranged chronologically), accounts, records regarding forfeited estates of the North West Company, as well as journals and notebooks of Sir Frederick P. Robinson, Sir John Beverley Robinson, Christopher Robinson, and Charles W. Robinson.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The Robinson family of Upper Canada were distinguished in law, the military, and politics in the late eighteenth and the nineteenth century. Sir John Beverley Robinson (1791-1863) was Attorney-General and Solicitor- General of Upper Canada, and was Chief Justice of Upper Canada. His son Christopher (1828-1905) was a Toronto lawyer and was chancellor of Trinity University. Another son, Sir Charles (1836-1924), was a soldier and writer. A relative of John Beverley Robinson, Sir Frederick Robinson (1763-1852), was a soldier and provisional Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. Another relative, Sir William H. Robinson (1766- 1836), was a soldier and Commissary-General of Nova Scotia.

Sir John Beverley Robinson (1791-1863) was Attorney-General and Solicitor-General of Upper Canada, and was Chief Justice of Upper Canada during the early and mid-nineteenth century.

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Robinson, John Beverley (family)

Robinson, John Beverley, 1791-1863

Restrictions on Access
Access to original records is restricted for conservation purposes. Microfilm copies are available for consultation.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission from the copyright holder.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials in this fonds were acquired by the Archives of Ontario in 1921 from Mrs. Christopher Robinson, in 1958 from Mrs. Gilbert Bagnani (great-granddaughter of John Beverley Robinson), and in 2002 from Mr. Peter Robinson. Additional material was loaned for microfilming purposes in 1953 by Christopher Robinson. In 1995, this material was donated to the Archives of Ontario by the Henry N.R. Jackman Foundation, which purchased the material at auction from the Hopmeyer and Jennings Auction House Ltd.
Associated Material

Other records of the Robinson family are held by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

Availability of Other Formats

Records are available on microfilm.

Title based on content of fonds.

Former Codes

Accession Numbers: 1487, 2023, 30212.MU 5903 - MU 5911, MU 5933 - MU 5935.MS 4.

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