ROBINSON-MORRIS, MATTHEW, second BARON ROKEBY in the peerage of Ireland (1713–1800), baptised at York on 12 April 1713, was the eldest son of Matthew Robinson (1694–1778) of Edgely and West Layton, Yorkshire, who inherited property in the neighbourhood of Rokeby from his great-uncle Matthew Robinson [q.v.], rector of Burneston. His mother, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Drake of Cambridge, inherited estates at Horton, near Hythe in Kent, from her brother, Morris Drake Morris [q.v.], who assumed the surname of Morris. One of Matthew's sisters was Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu [q.v.] Of his six brothers, Thomas, the second, and William, the fifth, are separately noticed. The third, Morris (d. 1777), a solicitor in chancery in Ireland, was father of Henry, third baron Rokeby [see below]. John, the fourth, was a fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. The youngest, Charles (1733–1807), was made recorder of Canterbury in 1763, and was M.P. for the city from 1780 to 1790 (HASTED, Canterbury, i. 58, ii.242 n.; Gent. Mag. 1807, i. 386).
[Biogr. Peerage of Ireland (1817); Gent. Mag. 1800 ii. 1219-20, 1847 i. 110; Hasted's Kent, 2nd ed. viii. 34, 55-8; Brief Character of Matthew, Lord Rokeby, By Sir S. Egerton Brydges, privately printed (1817); Public Characters, 3rd ed. vol. i. (art. signed S. [Alex. Stephens ?] describing a visit to Monk's Horton in 1796); Rich's Bibliotheca Americana Nova, i. 203, 237, 259; Allibone's Dict. Engl. Lit. ii. 1139; Evans's Cat. Engr. Portraits. See also Biogr. Dramatica (1812), i. 604, ii. 216-17; Burke's Peerage (1894); Times, 26 May, 21 June 1883; Ill. Lond. News, 2 June 1883, with portrait of the sixth Lord Rokeby.]