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Roxby is from the Old Scandinavian Hrokr+by, or "farmstead of a man named Hrokr". There are three towns in North East England by this name, and a city in Australia. It is also a surname.
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Sir Thomas Rokeby, esq.,
Knighted and granted lands by King Edward II for locating the Scottish Army under the command of the Earl of Moray and Sir James Douglas. Held commands against the Scots
during the border wars, was twice high sheriff of Yorkshire, and became Governor of the castles of Berwick, Edinburgh, and Stirling. Distinguished himself in 1346 at the Battle of Neville’s Cross and became Lord Justice of Ireland in 1349.
Sir Thomas Rokeby, esq., Known affectionately as the ‘Nephew” to distinguish him from his elder. Participated in the triumph of Neville’s Cross.
Sir Thomas Rokeby, esq.,
High Sheriff of Yorkshire during reign of King Henry IV. Lead the posse comitatus that slew the Earl of Northumberland and Lord Bardolph at Bramham Moore after they attempted to dethrone the King.
William Rokeby, esq., Died 1521
Served as Lord Chancellor of Ireland and Archbishop of Dublin.
Sir Richard Rokeby, esq.,
Served as Comptroller to Cardinal Wolsey.
Served as Master of Saint Katherine’s and one of the Masters of Request to Queen Elizabath.
Captain Joseph William Roxby, 1754-1805
Master mariner, ship owner, and church warden. For years served as the President of the highly esteemed Master Mariners Association, Sunderland, Durham, England.
Commander John Roxby, esq., Before 1775 - After 1803
Master of the ship Blackett. Assisted with the evacuation of British Troop, disbanded serviceman, loyalist, and escaped slaves from New York following the loss of the Revolutionary War.
Captain Herbert Roxby, R.N., 1848-1905
M.V.O 1901: R.N.; b. 9 Feb. 1848; Son of Rev. Henry Roxby-Roxby, LL.B., of Blackwood, York’s; m. 1879, Mary Grace, d. of Wm. of Bon Air, Mauritius; four s. one d. Educ.: Clapham; Eastman’s Navy Academy, Southsea. Entered Royal Naval, 1862; served as Naval Lieut. in H.M.S. “Bacchante” during her commission with T.R.H.’s Prince Edward and Prince George of Wales (King George V.); and as Staff Commander of Royal Yacht “Osborne” 1883-99; previous service having been in Mediterranean, West Indian, and Australian stations; retired Captain , 1899; Jubilee Medal and., 4th class. Address: Clifton Villa, Alverstoke, Hants. (Died 5 Dec. 1905.)
Percy Maude Roxby, 1880-1947
Agent for Great Britain’s Naval Intelligence Division, and author of numerous pamphlets, geographical handbooks, and books on China and world affairs. Served as England’s Ambassador to China. His works include Henry Grattan (1746-1820), a Gladstone prize essay written for the University of Oxford and published by T. F. Unwin in 1902 and China, a three-volume collection published by the Oxford University Press in 1942.
Clarence Dunbar Roxby, 1894-1979
Vice President of the Port Terminals, Inc., New York, New York and President of the Long Island Yacht Club.
Major General William Crawford Roxby, II, U.S.A.F., 1931-
Obtained a his BA from Lehigh University. Commission as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1955. Completed his MBA at Columbia University in 1959. Worked his way up through the ranks to the position of Director of Development and Public Relations, retiring at the rank of Major General.
Frances Roxby – 1945
Married Howard Mayson Christian of NSW, Australia. Howard Christian appears as number 3976 on the Bounty Descendants Listing and is directly related to Fletcher Christian, Master's Mate of H.M.S. Bounty. Fletcher Christian was the leader of the Bounty mutiny and safely sailed the pirated and under-manned Bounty on an epic 8,000 mile Pacific voyage in search of a haven. After a short stay in Tahiti, Christian and his crew, along with six Tahitian men and twelve women eventually came upon Pitcairn Island where they settled in 1790.
Christopher Roxby -
Materials expert. Co-authored Microscopy of Materials: Modern Imaging Methods Using Electron, X-Ray, And Ion Beams, published my Macmillan, London in 1975.
Larry Roxby - 1956-
Assistant Center Director for the College of Career Education, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Florida.
Writer and noted mathematician. Author of a Cambridge tract in mathematics titled Divisors published by Cambridge University Press in 1988. The book, which includes index and bibliography, discusses divisor and distribution (probability) theory.
Dr. Robert William Roxby - 1940-,
Professor of Biochemistry - Author of numerous technical papers and articles related to sedimentation analysis of micelle-forming systems and other biochemical subjects. Author of Analytical Ultracentrifugation in Biochemistry and Polymer Science published for the Cambridge, Royal Society of Chemistry in 1992.
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Robert Roxby, 1767?-1846
Noted writer and composer. Best know for his work The Lay of the Reedwater Minstrel which include notes, historical and explanatory. The work was printed for the author by D. Akenhead and Sons of Newcastle, England in 1809. Excerpts of the writing are included in Verses written at the house of Mr. Henderson, at Longleeford near Cheviot, Northumberland,: during the winter of 1817, printed by T. and J, Hodgson in 1823.
Henry Roxby (Beverley)
Stage Writer best known for his play The Abbot, or Mary Queen of Scots; a serious melo-dramatic historical burletta in three acts printed for J. Lowndes in London in 1820. The play was written and adapted to stage representation from the popular production, titled The Abbot and combining all the prominent incidents of that admired novel.
Robert Roxby, 1809-1866
A respectable English actor who played many leading parts in light comedy. He performed in ‘Married With Money,’ an adaptation of Poole’s ‘Wealthy Widow;’ the original Lord George Lavender in Sterling Coyne’s ‘Love Knot; ’ performed in Fitzball’s ‘Christmas Eve,’ or the Duel in the Snow,’ founded on Gerome’s famous picture; the first Hardress Cregan in Byron’s burlesque, ‘Miss Eily O’Conner;’ Roderigo in ‘Othello;’ and in ‘An April Fool’ by Brough and Halliday. Robert was also a capable stage-manager. He was seriously burnt on Jan 23, 1863 while extinguishing a fire on stage at the Princess in which two girls in the pantomime lost their lives.
William Roxby (Beverley), 1824-1889
English Scenographer born in Richmond, Surrey, England. Became scenic director at Covert Garden where he produced the backdrops for Shakespeare, w. Macbeth, King of Scotland in 1865 . He was also a successful landscape and marine artist. He exhibited 25 paintings at the Royal Academy of coastal or fishing scenes. One of his more famous paintings, On The Medway (an early English pencil & water color fishing boat scene) is displayed at the Marineart Gallery in New York. His paintings are featured in Walker’s quarterly which recounts the salient features of his life and provides reliable criticisms upon the works of the lesser masters of the English water-colour school. Some his works are also featured in the book Overland Mail by Albert Smith, published in 1850.