Robertson, Joseph, a learned English divine, was born at Knipe, Westmoreland Co. Aug. 28, 1726. He entered Queen's College, Oxford, in 1746, where he took his degree of arts. Receiving orders, he was for some time curate to Dr. Sykes at Rayleigh, and in 1758 received the living of Herriard, Hampshire. In 1770 he became rector of Sutton, in Essex, and in 1779 he was presented to the living of Horncastle, in Lincolnshire. He died Jan. 19, 1802. Among his principal publications are, a tract on Culinary Poisons (Lond. 1781): — Introduction to Study of Polite Literature (ibid. 1782): — Education of Young Ladies (ibid. 1798, 8vo). Besides other miscellaneous works, he contributed to The Critical Review from August, 1764, to September, 1785, over 2620 criticisms on theological, classical, poetical, and miscellaneous publications. See Chalmers, Biogq. Dict. s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Auth. s.v.