EVELYN, John (1706-67), of Wotton, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1727 - 1741
1741 - 1747
1747 - 11 June 1767

Family and Education

b. 24 Aug. 1706, 1st s. of Sir John Evelyn, 1st Bt., M.P., by Anne, da. of Edward Boscawen, M.P., sis. of Hugh, 1st Visct. Falmouth, and gd.-da. of Sir Francis Godolphin. educ. Eton 1718; Queen’s, Oxf. 1725. m. 17 Aug. 1732, his cos. Mary, da. of Hugh, 1st Visct. Falmouth, 2s. 3ds. suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. 15 July 1763.

Offices Held

Groom of the bedchamber to Frederick, Prince of Wales 1733-51; clerk of the Green Cloth to George, Prince of Wales 1756-60, to George III 1760- d.


Evelyn sat for Helston on the Godolphin interest, and for Penryn on the Falmouth interest. In Bute’s list he is classed as ‘Newcastle and Government’. He does not appear in Henry Fox’s list of Members favourable to the peace preliminaries nor in any list of those who voted against them. Jenkinson in the autumn of 1763 marked him as ‘pro’ and so did Rockingham, July 1765, but in November 1766 as ‘Swiss’ (prepared to follow any Administration). Townshend, January 1767, listed him as ‘Government’, and he voted with Administration on the land tax, 27 Feb. 1767. There is no record of his having spoken in the House.  He died 11 June 1767.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke