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Sir William Robinson (19 November 1655 – 22 December 1736), 1st Baronet of Newby, Yorkshire, was an English Member of Parliament and Lord Mayor of York.

Robinson was descended from a wealthy York merchant, also called William Robinson, who had been mayor of York and its MP during the reign of Elizabeth I. His uncle Metcalfe Robinson had been created a baronet in 1660, but died without issue in 1689, so that the baronetcy became extinct; on 13 February 1690, William was made a baronet to revive the title.

Sir William was MP for Northallerton from 1689 to 1695, and for York from 1698 until 1722. He was also High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1689, and Lord Mayor of York in 1700.

He had five sons and one daughter. His oldest son, Metcalfe, survived him by only four days, the baronetcy then passing to his second son, Tancred, who became a rear admiral and was twice Lord Mayor of York. His fourth son, Thomas served as Secretary of State for the Southern Department and Leader of the House of Commons, and was raised to the peerage as Lord Grantham in 1761.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir David Foulis
Sir Henry Marwood
Member of Parliament for Northallerton
with Thomas Lascelles

1689–1695
Succeeded by
Thomas Lascelles
Sir William Hustler
Parliament of England
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Tobias Jenkins
Edward Thompson
Member of Parliament for York
with Tobias Jenkins 1698-1701
Edward Thompson 1701
Tobias Jenkins 1701-1705
Robert Benson 1705-1713
Robert Fairfax 1713-15
Tobias Jenkins 1715-1722

1698–1722
Succeeded by
Sir William Milner
Edward Thompson, Jr
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