Robert Robartes, Viscount Bodmin

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Robert Robartes, Viscount Bodmin (7 February 1634 – 8 February 1682) was an cornish diplomat and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1660 and 1679. He was later ambassador to Denmark.

Robartes was the eldest son of John Robartes, 1st Earl of Radnor and his wife Lucy Rich, second daughter of Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick.[1] He was educated at Felsted School in Essex.

In 1660, Robartes was elected Member of Parliament for Cornwall in the Convention Parliament.[2] He was elected MP for Bossiney in 1661 for the Cavalier Parliament and sat until 1679.[2]

He was ambassador to Denmark in 1681.[1]

Robartes died in 1682 at the court of Denmark at the age of 48, predeceasing his father. He had married Sarah, daughter of John Bodvel of Bodville Castle, North Wales, with whom he had two sons. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Charles (1660–1723), to whom the title of Earl of Radnor later descended from Robert's father, and who was mentioned by Jonathan Swift in his Journal to Stella.[1] The younger son, Russell, became a Teller of the Exchequer and an MP.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ a b History of Parliament Online - Robartes, Robert
  3. ^ Burke, John. History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England Ireland and Scotland. p. 444.  Google Books
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