Son of Christopher Robinson (q.v.) Educated at Dr. Strachan's school in Kingston; studied law and became acting attorney general in 1812, before he had been called to the bar. Played a distinguished part as a volunteer during the war of 1812. One of the leading members of the so-called Family Compact, represented York in the Assembly, 1821 and for several years after that, appointed chief -justice of Upper Canada 1829, and the following year nominated Speaker of the Excutive Council; upon the union of the provinces in 1841, retired from political life, but retained his office as chief-justice, in 1850 created a baronet of the United Kingdom.
Tiré de Burpee, Lawrence J., Encyclopedia of Canadian History, Makers of Canada Series, vol 12, 1927.