- "You are forgiven for not knowing who I am. I think, however, that you will know my name. It is Walpole. Sir Robert Walpole. I am the First Lord of the Treasury, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the House of Commons."
- ―Robert Walpole introducing himself to Edward Kenway, 1723.[src]
Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (26 August 1676 – 18 March 1745), known before 1742 as Sir Robert Walpole, was a British statesman who is generally regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. Although well aware of the long-standing war between the Templars and the Assassins, Robert was not part of either order, instead acting as a neutral party between the two.
In 1723, Robert met with the pirate-turned-Assassin Edward Kenway – who had taken the life and identity of Robert's cousin, Duncan Walpole, years earlier – after the Assassin had taken the Charlotte, in his attempt to kill his old rival, Matthew Hague. Alongside Hague's father Sir Aubrey Hague, a Templar, Walpole offered Kenway and his crew pardons, new lives and property in exchange for Matthew Hague's life, hoping to prevent "another act of barbarism", as well as a gesture of thanks to Edward for dealing with Duncan, who had brought dishonor to the family by betraying the Assassins to the Templars for profit.
Following his success, Walpole purchased a house in London for Kenway, where the latter would spend the remainder of his life, and the introduction to the Stephensen-Oakley family, also employing Kenway's new assistant Reginald Birch.
In 1732, King George II of Great Britain offered Robert 10 Downing Street as a personal gift. Robert accepted it on the condition that it be made the official residence of the First Lord of the Treasury, a second title held by British Prime Ministers.