Robert Henley, first earl of Northington (c.1708–1772), lord chancellor (1761-1766) , was the second son of Anthony Henley (1666/7–1711), landowner and whig MP, of The Grange, Hampshire, and Mary, daughter of the Hon. Peregrine Bertie and granddaughter of the second earl of Lindsey.
He was educated at Westminster School, and entered St John's College, Oxford, in 1724; he graduated BA in 1729 and MA in 1733, having been elected a fellow of All Souls in November 1727. He was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1728, and called to the bar in 1732.
As a young man he developed an addiction to port, about which he is reputed to have muttered when older and finding difficulty in walking in the House of Lords,
‘If I had only known that these legs were one day to carry a Lord Chancellor, I'd have taken better care of them when I was a lad’
(Information via the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)