Long, Sir Robert, 1st Bt

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Letters Patent creating Sir Robert Long, Auditor of the Exchequer, a Baronet on 21 May 1662.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Long served as a Member for Parliament for Devizes in 1625, Sussex in 1640 and for Boroughbridge, Yorkshire in 1661. He also served in the court of Charles I, was writer of the tallies in the exchequer, surveyor of the Queen's lands and secretary of the council for the Prince of Wales. On suspicion of treacherous dealings with the Earl of Essex, Long absconded to France. He remained on the continent with the exiled royal court until 1654. On returning to England in 1654 he returned to favour, after the charges made against him were found to be untrue. On the restoration of Charles II he was made a baronet on 1 September 1660. From 1660 to 1667 he was Chancellor of the Exchequer and in May 1662 he was made Auditor of the Exchequer. In September 1670 Charles II granted him a long lease of the Great Park, Great Park Meadow and a house called Worcester House. In July 1672 Long became a privy councillor. He died on 13 July 1673.

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Archivist's Note

Separated Material

The Bodleian Library, Oxford University, holds correspondence and papers (Ref: MS Carte 130); the British Library, London, contains official correspondence, 1649-1661 (Ref: Add MS 37047), and proceedings in the House of Lords, 1643-1648 (Ref: Add MSS 27232-27); Magdalen College Library, Cambridge University, holds miscellaneous correspondence, 1648 (HMC 70 Pepys MSS).

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.