Authorised form of nameRobinson; Tancred (c1657 - 1748); physician and naturalist
Other forms of nameTankard
Datesc1657 - 1748
Place of birthYorkshire, England, Europe
Date of birthc. 1657
Date of death29 March 1748
Research fieldNatural history
Private school; St John's College, Cambridge (matriculated 1673; MB 1679; MD 1685)
Travelled abroad (1679-1684); was a companion of Hans Sloane (FRS 1685) in Paris; Physician to King George I
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (1687); Oxford Philosophical Society
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election19/11/1684
ProposerMartin Lister
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
Secretary 1685; Council 1685
Other Royal Society activityContributed multiple papers to the 'Philosophical Transactions', in particular on his travels abroad (1680s-1690s)
RelationshipsParents: Thomas Robinson and Elizabeth Tancred
Siblings: William Robinson
Married: Alethea Morley
Children: William Robinson
General contextAside from his profession as a physician, Robinson was also accomplished at botany and regularly corresponded with his good friend John Ray (FRS 1667). Ray credits his assistance in his works 'Historia plantarum' (1686) and 'Synopsis stirpium' (1690). He travelled throughout Europe after finishing at Cambridge and met Marcello Malpighi (FRS 1669) whilst in Bologna in 1683.
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Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Venn; Hunter; Gunther; Munk's Roll
DNB describes him as 'Sir' and in index to Bulloch's Roll it states that he was knighted by George I, but the Kt was a naval man of the same name. Hunter gives 1657 as approximate year of birth.
Correspondence of Tancred Robinson is listed in the Early Modern Letters Online catalogue, [last accessed 02/11/2022]
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA7808
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
RBO/15/61'An account of a Cornish Bird call'd a Petrel' by Mr Moyle to Tancred Robinson1730
EL/D1/36Letter, from Samuel Dale to Tancred Robinsonnd
LBO/10/17Copy letter from John Ray to Tancred Robinson13 March 1684 [1685]
CLP/22i/11Paper, Concerning [Jan] Swammerdam's treatise on 'De apibus [Of bees]' from a letter by Dr Hutton [Hotton] to Tancred Robinson[1699]
RBO/6/21'Some Observations on Boyling Fountains and Subterraneous Streams' by Tancred Robinson21 January 1685
EL/N1/76Letter, from John Northleigh to Tancred Robinson, dated at Bath24 June 1695
CLP/15ii/18Letter, regarding a Cornish bird called 'Petrel' from Mr Moyle to Tancred Robinson[1731]
CLP/10i/24Paper, account of Halley's catalogue of plants found in North Wales by Dr [Tancred?] Robinson[1685]
EL/W3/63Letter, from William Wotton to Dr [Tancred] Robinson27 January 1696
EL/R1/19Letter, from John Ray to Tancred Robinson, dated at Black Notley21 August 1693
EL/L5/80Letter, from Martin Lister to Tancred Robinson, dated at Leatherhead2 May 1701
EL/R1/53Extract of a letter, from Dr [Richard] Richardson to Tancred Robinson1697
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