Robley genealogy
Robleys in the News: Snippets from UK Newspapers.


This morning one Rebecca Hart, a poor Woman belonging to the Parifh of St. James's, was committed to prifon for ftealing fereral Quantities of Coals, the Property of Mr. Nathan Robley. It was fworn againft her that fhe had declared,'it was no Sin in the Poor to rob the Rich; and that if it was , J----- C------ had died to procure the Pardon of all fuch Sinners'. The Prifoner all the Time fhe was before the Justice, appeared with uplifted Eyes, and behaved herfelf as if fhe had been engaged in her Devotions, appealing to Heaven for her Innocence, and invoking the moft facred Names as Witneffes as her not having committed a fact of which there appeared unquesionable evidence.

Covent Garden Journal. April 7 1752.

The following Persons being Prisoners for Debt --- do hereby give this Public Notice that they intend to take the Benefit of an Act --- An Act for the Relief of Certain Infolvent Debtors --- Noah Titner Robley, formerly of Drake Street, Red-Lion-Square, and late of Bow Street, Covent Garden, Hair-dreffer.

London Gazette. 29 July 1797.

BANKRUPTS: Simon Robley, James Street, Covent-garden, boot and shoe maker, Feb.14, 24, March 20, at the Court of Commissioners of Bankrupts, Basinghall-street.

Derby Mercury Feb. 11 1824. From London Gazette Feb.7.


On Friday the Inhabitants of Cobham in Surry, were greatly alarmed by a wild beaft appearing on the Common under St. George's Hills. The next Morning it came near to the Town, and was fhot by Mr. Robley of Cobham. On Examination, it proved to be a Bear that had broke loofe from its Owner, who ufed to make a Show of it, with other wild Beafts, about the country.

St. James's Chronicle or the British Evening Post. May 7 1763.


The Right Hon. the Chief Justice Mansfield has been pleafed to appoint Mr. Robley, one of his clerks when Attorney-General, to be his Marfhal of Nifi Prius.

Gazetteer and London Daily Advertiser. Dec 1 1756.

Note: This was Nevison Robley, son of Rev. William Robley and Margaret Nevison.


HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, Nov.12, 1798.

Resolved "That a piece of Plate, of the value of One Hundred Guineas, be presented to His Honour Joseph Robley Esq., as a testimony of the high sense this House entertains of the wisdom and firmness which characterized his conduct when Commander in Chief of this Island during a part of the years 1794 and 1795, a period unprecedently critical and alarming to this, as well as all the other West India Colonies."

Sun (London).march 14, 1799.

Joseph Robley was a son of the Rev. Isaac Robley of St. John's-in-the-Vale, Cumberland.

Rev. Isaac Robley: "Robley, Isaac. s. John of Woodhouse, par. St. Mary, city of Carlisle, pleb. QUEEN'S COLL., matric. 8 June 1727, aged 19; B.A. 1731; (Alumini Oxonienses).

House of Commons. Wednesday, June 1st.

In Colonies and Trade. - to the Hon. Joseph Robley of Tobago, for a consideraable addition to his plantation of bread-fruit trees in that island, the Gold Medal.

Jackson's Oxford Journal, June 4 1803.

The 9th inst., at his nephew's house, in Russel-square, London, Joseph Robley Esq., late of Golden Grove, in the island of Tobago, where he filled the offices of governor and perpetual president, with the highest reputation. He was born and educated at Keswick. He first introduced the plough into the West Indies, with effect; and, by his superior skill in the management of his plantations, he actually amassed the amazing wealth of thirty thousand pounds per annum.

The Newcastle Courant. September 28, 1805.

Joseph Robley was a son of Rev. Isaac Robley of St. John's-in-the-Vale.

On Thursday last an inquest was held on the body of Joseph Robley Esq., a West-India merchant, of Salcomb-place, Regent's Park, who destroyed himself by taking a large quantity of prussic acid, at the York Hotel, in Jermyn-street, on Thursday last - Francis Kemble, Esq., of 5, Waterloo-place.stated that he had known the deceased for 20 years; he was of most eccentric habits, and for the last seven years had been subject to periodical attacks of insanity; of late they had been more frequent and intense. He had read hard for University honours, which he gave up saying "it was all nonsense." Afterwards he studied for the Bar for a considerable time, but gave it up, as he said, "the profession were all fools." There had been insanity in the family and his father, who was aWest-Indian merchant, died the same violent death. Witness took breakfast at the deceased's house on Wednesday, when the deceased was exceedingly depressed, and on a trifling occasion, hung round witnesses' neck and wept bitterly. He spoke of his father's suicide in a way that convinced witness of his insanity. - By a Juror: Deceased was not in any embarrassment; he was in the habit of visiting gambling-houses; he played a little for amusement; he never lost any considerable sum of money at any house he frequented. - Mr. Samuel Walton, surgeon, of Jermyn-street, said he was sent for on Thursday last to the deceased, who was lying in bed quite dead: his extremities were cold; he had been dead probably some hours; there were found between the bed and the mattress two phials which had contained prussic acid; there was also a razor in the bed, but there were no marks of violence on the body; he believed the deceased had taken the contents of the bottles. Verdict - that the deceased died by taking a deadly poison, being at the time in a state of insanity.

The Morning Chronicle. March 31, 1832.

Note: Joseph Robley was the son of John Robley of Stoke Newington, and grandson of the Rev. Isaac Robley of St. Johns-in-the-Vale.

Rolls' Court, July 10.
Robley v Robley

Lord Langdale pronounced judgement in this cause.The suit was instituted by John Horatio Robley, the heir-at-law of John Robley of Tobago, deceased, for carrying into execution the will and seven codicils of John Robley. The testator made his will in England, dated the 19th of January, 1808 and shortly afterwards went to Tobago where he died in November, 1821, without ever having returned to England. At his departure he left his wife with three children in England, and shortly afterwards another child was born, and his will was in favour of his family. When he arrived in Tobago he became acquainted with a free mulatto woman, named Eliza M'Kenzie, by whom he had several children, many of whom died, but three survived him, Phillissaida, Sybil and Clara, the last of whom died an infant unmarried, and without next of kin. The plaintiff, the heir-at-law, contended that under the codicils no more than 5,000 was due to each of the surviving natural children, Philissaida and Sybil, for that Clara could not take under the provisions of the codicils, insomuch as she died under age and unmarried, and Phillisaida and Sybil were only entitled to one legacy each of 5,000, for that the legacies in the several codicils were not cumulative.

Lord Lonsdale, in giving judgement, went through the varrious codicils, and said he was of opinion that the legacies given by them were not cumulative. Clara died under 21, and the gift to her failed. Phillissaida and Sybil took the provision made for them by the fifth codicil of 5,000, and no other legacy.

The Standard. July 11, 1839.

John Robley of Tobago was a son of John Robley of Stoke Newington, and grandson of Rev. Isaac Robley.


These are to give notice that---[long list including] Thomas Robley, late of Burnwhaite, Husbandman --- Prisoners in the County Gaol in Cumberland, will appear at the next Seffions to be holden the said County upon the 6th day of October next, in the Town of Penrith in the said County, there to comply with the Act made last Seffions of Parliament for the Relief of Enfolvent Debtors.

London Gazette. August 24, 1725.

Note: Thomas had originally appeared at Carlisle on the 14th July. (London Gazette. 8 June, 1725)

Note: Thomas was the son of John & Ann Robley of Burthwaite. He was the brother of John Robley of Woodhouse & Rev. William Robley.

Capitally convicted ---John Robley, for a burglary at the houfe of Richard Parliament, and ftealing a child's hat and gold band etc.

Whitehall Evening Post (London). Feb. 24-26, 1789.

Yesterday the Seffions began at the Old Bailey where two prisoners were capitally convicted - - - John Robley, for breaking open the dwelling-houfe of Richard Parliment, in playhoufe-yard, Golden-lane, and ftealing a child's hat with a gold band, a frock and other things.

General Evening Post. Feb.24-26, 1789.

John spent 6 months awaiting execution & then on 9th September 1789 he was taken to the Old Bailey & offered life transportation to Botany Bay. He travelled aboard the Scarborough. John had moved to London from Cumberland in 1788.

At the assizes for Cumberland, Christopher Robley for a burglary at Broughwaite, received sentence of death, but was reprived.

Newcastle Courant. August 15, 1807.

Note: Christopher's sentence was commuted to a term for life on 31st. July 1807. He was transported to Australia on the Indian in July 1810. He married Mary Cummings on 22nd April 1816 and has many descendants in Australia.

Tuesday, at St. Cuthbert's Church, Carlisle, Thomas Robley, calico-printer, to Elizabeth Nanson, under the following curious circumstances. Thomas Robley had paid his addresses to Miss Nanson for a considerable period; but she had observed him walking a short time since with another female. Strung with jealousy she valiantly offered hrself to any one who would marry her, merely to spite the cruel man. Accordingly another calico-printer, named Davison, went off with her to Gretna, where they were joined together agreeably to the customary rites of that shrine. Now came repentance! The lady wished for her former swain, and he being nothing loth, Davison parted with her for a few pounds, and the parties were married as above stated.

A veteren angler, Mr. Thomas Robley, of Burnriggs, aged 73 years, last week captured, in the Eden, a salmon 18 pounds weight with a small rod, single gut and a small hook.

Blackburn Standard. October 1, 1851.

CLEVER CAPTURE OF A SALMON BY A VETERAN ANGLER. - Last week, whilst one of our old veteran anglers, Mr. Thomas Robley of Burnriggs, 73 years of age, was what we may term throwing his farewell line for this season, in the river Eden, in the vicinity of Little Corby, he had the good fortune to hook a prime salmon, and thereupon, with a small rod, single gut, and a small hook, the tug of war and anxiety commenced. The wind up and let out, the give and take, the hurl and hurl of the wheel, and the flexibility of the rod under adverse circumstances in this instance, were fully brought into action, and kept up for three successive hours in about a mile of water, when the scientific handling of the old veteran landed on the pebbly shore a salmon weighing eighteen pounds. - Carlisle Journal.

The Preston Guardian. September 20, 1851.

William Robley, of How Bank, near Beckermont, has announced that he is open to wrestle any man in England not exceeding 15 stones in weight, in the Cumberland and Westmoreland , style, for any sum not less than 100 a side; and if Richard Atkinson, of Sleagill, the present "champion" will reduce his proportions to within 16 stone, W. Robley will wrestle him for 150 a side and the championship of England.

Liverpool Mercury. June 28, 1856.


Receiving Orders (by telegraph from last (Friday) night's London Gazette).

Thomas Robley, Scarrowmanwick, Kirk-Oswald, Cumberland, farmer.

The Huddersfield Chronicle and West Yorkshire Advertiser. January 28, 1893.


Yesterday morning Thomas Robley, a railway guard, expired in the infirmary from the effects of an accident which befel him on Friday morning week. After coupling some waggons on a goods train at Cunninghamhead Station he was in the act of coming out from below the wagon when his left leg and left arm were caught and crushed by the wheels. He sustained only a simple fracture of the arm, but the leg was so much injured that it was found necessary to amputate it above the knee. The operation was successfuly performed in the infirmary, but morbidication subsequently setting in, the case was rendered hopeless. Robley was a young man and resided in Carlisle.

Glasgow Herald. December 12 1874.


Testimonial of Esteem - A handsome suit of clerical robes, and a massive silver salver, bearing a suitable inscription, has recently been presented to the Rev. I Robley, M.A., incumbent of St. Philip's Church, Salford, by the ladies of the congregation.

Blackburn Standard. April 8, 1846.

MONUMENTAL TABLET TO THE MEMORY OF REV. ISAAC ROBLEY, M.A.- A very beautiful mural tablet, executed in the finest white Carrara marble (upon a black background), to the memory of the late Rev. Isaac Robley, M.A. has been erected in St. Philip's Church, Salford, at the north-east end, under the north gallery (Sir Thomas Arbuthnot's being in the corresponding position under the south gallery). The style is a composition from the Italian school. The tablet is surmounted by a group of emblems in alto relievo, comprising the cross, a funeral urn, and the Bible; and below the table are emblems of the Trinity and of Eternity, consisting of an immortal wreath, encircling the two trines, the monogram for the Trinity, which in turn enclose the sacred dove. The tablet bears the following inscription: - "Sacred to the memory of the Rev. Isaac Robley, M.A. who was sixteen years incumbent of this church. He died on the 17th day of September, 1849, aged 54 years, and his mortal remains are interred in the vault beneath. This tablet was erected as a tribute of sincere and affectionate regard by his congregation, Nov. 23, 1849. - 'So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom'. - 12."

Note from Trinity College (Cambridge) Admissions: ROBLEY, Isaac. Son of William Robley. Born at Egremont, Cumberland. School St. Bees, Cumberland (Mr. Bradley), Sizar, March 9, 1818. Tutor, Mr. Brown. [Matriculated 1818; B.A. 1822.; M.A. 1825].


The Next of Kin (if any) of Henry Robson Robley. late of Popular, in the County of Middlesex, Gentleman, a Widower, deceased (who died last year) on applying to Mr. C.P. Lochner, Proctor, No. 13 Great Cartner-lane, Doctors'-commons, may hear of something to their advantage.

London Gazette. 26 May 1848.

Note: Henry Robson Robley died on 6 August, 1847 aged 73. He was the son of Isaac Robley who inherited Woodhouse, Wreay, from his Uncle John and was also a London merchant. Isaac seems to have lived in both Cumberland & London. His son, Henry Robson Robley was born in Kirkoswald.

County Durham.

THE BLACKHILL DROWNING CASE. - An inquest was held on Wednesday at the Rose and Crown Hotel, Blackhill, by Mr. John Graham, coroner, respecting the death of Edward Robley 54, a journeyman tailor, living at No. 18, Eltringham-street, Blackhill, who was found drowned in the Consett Iron Company's tinmill pond on the preceding day. - Hannah Robley said her husband went out alone at 7.30 on Easter Monday night. He did not say where he was going to. He had had no rest for some weeks in consequence of a pain in his head, and he got into a low state, but he had never threatened to do away with himself. - Thomas Turner, Blackhill, said that as he was proceeding to work at 6 o'clock on Tuesday morning he noticed the body lying in about four feet of water, face downwards, some eight feet from the edge of the pond - The jury recorded a verdict of found drowned.

Northern Echo. March 29, 1894.