PRIDEAUX, Jonathan (c.1645-1710), of Adeston, Devon and Trecarne, Cornw.
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Family and Education
b. c.1645, 3rd but 2nd surv. s. of Sir Richard Prideaux† of Theuborough and Adeston, Devon by Mary, da. and coh. of Richard Barrett of Trecarne. m. Anne, da. of Sir Francis Clarke†, Draper, of Little St. Helen’s, London, 1s. d.v.p. 8da (2 d.v.p.). suc. bro. Richard Prideaux 1670.1
Stannator, Tywarnhaile 1686.2
Prideaux’s political sympathies are difficult to discern. He was included upon only one of the two lists of those who had voted in the Convention against declaring the throne vacant, and he was also reported to have supported the disabling clause in the bill to restore corporations. Prideaux did not stand at the general election of 1690, but was returned at a by-election in October that year; in December he was listed by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†) as a likely supporter should an attack be launched in the Commons on his ministerial position. The only occasion he featured in relation to any legislative initiative was on 1 Dec. 1691 when named to assist in preparing a bill to encourage the manufacture of saltpetre. He was granted leave of absence on 22 Jan. 1692, 15 Feb. 1694 and 18 Mar. 1695. He did not stand for election again, and died, aged 64, in 1710. Buried at Sutcombe, Devon, on 7 Apr., Prideaux was the last of the male line of the Theuborough branch of his family, and his estates descended to his daughters.3