JOLLIFFE, John (?1697-1771), of Petersfield, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1741 - 1754
1761 - 1768

Family and Education

b. ?1697, 3rd s. of Benjamin Jolliffe of Cofton Hall, Worcs. by Mary, da. of John Jolliffe, M.P., of London, merchant, sis. of Sir William Jolliffe. educ. Westminster, Univ. Coll. Oxf. 21 Oct. 1712, aged 15; M. Temple 1714, I. Temple 1720. m. (1) 30 Mar. 1731, Catherine (d. 24 June 1731), da. and h. of Robert Michell, M.P., of Petersfield, s.p.; (2) June 1744, Mary, da. and coh. of Samuel Holden, 3s. 1da.

Offices Held

Commr. for wine licences 1720-41; receiver gen. of duchy of Lancaster 1738 for life, but res. 1751.


Jolliffe inherited from his first wife property in Petersfield, carrying an electoral interest there, on which he returned his uncle Sir William Jolliffe in 1734. In 1738 he was appointed receiver general of the duchy of Lancaster, paying the previous holder a large sum of money to resign. Next year he bought the manor of Petersfield from Edward Gibbon for £5,693,1 thereby gaining control of the second seat. Returned in 1741, on the retirement of his uncle, he voted consistently with the Administration and was classed as a government supporter in 1747. His fortune was further increased by a second marriage and by the death of his uncle, who left him a considerable share of his estate. In the 2nd Lord Egmont’s electoral survey, c.1749-50, Petersfield is described as ‘in Jolliffe, entirely with us’. He died 31 Jan. 1771.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. H. G. H. Jolliffe, Jolliffes of Staffs. 32, 34, 45; Jolliffe mss at Ammerdown Park, Som. in possession of Ld. Hylton.