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ROBINSON, Christopher, soldier, born in Westmoreland county, Virginia, in 1760; died in York (now Toronto), Upper Canada, in 1798. He was a descendant of Christopher Robinson (1645-'90). elder brother of Dr. John Robinson, bishop of Bristol and London, who came to America in 1660 and was afterward secretary of the colony of Virginia. The younger Christopher was educated at William and Mary, and early in the Revolution fled to New York, where he received a commission in the Loyal American regiment under his relative, Beverly Robinson. He served at the south, and was wounded, and at the peace went to Nova Scotia and received a grant of land at Wilmot. He soon removed to Upper Canada, was appointed inspector of the reserves of the crown, and finally settled in York. In 1796 he represented the counties of Lennox and Addington in the assembly.--His son, Sir John Beverly, bart., born in Berthier, Lower Canada, 26 July, 1791 ; died in Toronto, 30 January, 1863, studied law, meanwhile serving as a clerk of the assembly, and, on being admitted to the bar in 1812, was appointed attorney-general of Upper Canada, which office he held till 1815. He was solicitor-general in 1815-'18, attorney-general in 1818-'29, and chief justice of Upper Canada from 15 July, 1829, till his death. He was for eighteen years a member of the legislature, serving about an equal length of time in each chamber. When the war of 1812 began he was one of a company of 100 volunteers that followed Sir Isaac Brock in the expedition that led to the capture of Detroit, and he was present at the battle of Queenstown Heights. In November, 1850, he was appointed a companion (civil division) of the order of the Bath, and he was created a baronet, by patent, 21 September, 1854. He was chancellor of Trinity college, Toronto, and the author of several works on Canada.--John Beverly's son. Sir James Lukin, of Toronto, succeeded him as second baronet, 30 January, 1863.--Another son, John Beverly, Canadian lawyer, born at Beverly house, Toronto, 21 February, 1820, was educated privately and at Upper Canada college, studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Upper Canada in 1844. He served during the rebellion of 1837 as aide-de-camp to Sir Francis Bond Head, and participated in the engagement near Toronto. He began the practice of law at Toronto. was president of its city council, and was elected mayor in 1857. Mr. Robinson represented Toronto in the legislative assembly of Canada from 1857 till 1861, and West Toronto from the latter date till 1863. He was elected for Algoma to the Dominion parliament in 1872, and sat until the dissolution in 1874. Mr. Robinson was also a member of the executive council of Canada, and president of that body in the Cartier-Macdonald administration from 27 March till 21 May, 1862. He was lieutenant-governor of Ontario in 1880-'7.
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