WETHERID, George (1582-1624/5), of York

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010
Available from Cambridge University Press



Family and Education

bap. 22 May 1582, 3rd s. of Francis Wethered (d.1600), of Ashlyns, Berkhampstead, Herts. by Agnes, da. and h. of one Arden, wid. of John Baldwin of Redheath, Watford, Herts.1 educ. M. Temple 1612.2 m. Anne (d.1667), da. of Thomas Gravenour of Olton, Rothwell, Yorks., 3s. 1da..3 d. 6 Nov. 1624-9 Sept. 1625.4 sig. Geo[rge] Wetheryd.

Offices Held

Sec. to Edmund, 3rd Bar. Sheffield, 1611/12-19, to Emanuel, 11th Lord Scrope of Bolton, 1619-d.5

Recvr.-gen. Yorks. 1623-d.6


From a family resident in Berkhampstead since at least 1487, Wetherid presumably arranged the marriage of his Hertfordshire neighbour Sir Philip Carey* to his Yorkshire wife’s half-sister. He was in service with lord president Sheffield by 1608, when he witnessed the marriage settlement between his master’s daughter and Sir Ferdinando Fairfax*. In 1609 he secured a reversion, later surrendered, as examiner for the Council in the North, while he helped to manage Sheffield’s alum works and named his two eldest sons after his master. He had succeeded John Edmondes* as Sheffield’s secretary by the time of his honorary admission to the Middle Temple in August 1612, and was returned to the Commons for Aldborough on the Council’s interest in 1614. He left no trace on the records of this session.7

Wetherid transferred to the service of Sheffield’s successor, Lord Scrope, in 1619. In December 1620 he was approached to persuade Scrope to ‘declare himself in some public and effectual support’ for the return of Sir Thomas Wentworth* and secretary of state (Sir) George Calvert* as knights of the shire, an endorsement which apparently never happened. Wetherid himself found a seat at Boroughbridge in this Parliament, where he was accused of persuading Lord Scrope to deprive a widow of her estate for a bribe of £40; but it was noted that ‘this woman complaineth against almost all the courts of justice of this kingdom’, and the investigation was not pursued. In 1623 Wentworth passed the Yorkshire receivership to Wetherid, a lucrative office which may have kept him from Parliament in 1624. He did not enjoy it for long: his will, dated 6 Nov. 1624, was proved ten months later. His great-nephew Henry Guy† represented Hedon-in-Holderness eight times from 1670.8

Ref Volumes: 1604-1629

Authors: John. P. Ferris / Simon Healy


  • 1. J.C. Cussans, Herts. xiii. 82; xv. 184.
  • 2. M. Temple Admiss.
  • 3. Yorks. Peds. (Harl. Soc. xcv), 242; Rothwell (Yorks. Par. Reg. Soc. xxvii), 70. 350.
  • 4. Borthwick, Reg. Test. 38, f. 582.
  • 5. CD 1621, iii. 405; Wentworth Pprs. ed. J.P. Cooper (Cam. Soc. ser. 4. xii), 194.
  • 6. M. Temple Admiss. i. 98; CD 1621, iii. 405; Wentworth Pprs. 194.
  • 7. Cussans, xiii. 82; VCH Herts. ii. 175-6, 246-8, 398; Yorks. Peds. 282; Bodl. Fairfax 30, f. 127; CSP Dom. 1603-10, p. 511; 1611-18, p. 386; R.B. Turton, Alum Farm, 114-15.
  • 8. Wentworth Pprs. 143, 183, 189; CD 1621, vi. 184; Nicholas, Procs. 1621, ii. 146; Strafforde Letters (1739) ed. W. Knowler, i. 16; Borthwick, Reg. Test. 38, f. 582.