JEFFERY, John (c.1591-bef. 1630), of Catherston-Leweston, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010
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Family and Education

b. c.1591, 2nd s. of Sir John Jeffery* (d. 7 May 1611)1 of Southampton, Hants and Catherston-Leweston, and w. Barbara; bro. of George*.2 educ. King Edward VI g.s. Southampton; Queen’s, Oxf. 1605, aged 14; I. Temple 1606.3 d. bef. 1630.4

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Jeffery attended Oxford and the Inner Temple with his elder brother George, though neither of them pursued a career in the law. At his father’s death in 1611 he received an annuity of £40, but the will expressed disappointment that ‘my son John doth not behave himself as he ought’. He was promised a further £500 to be paid by his hard-pressed elder brother on condition that he ‘turn himself from the lewd course he takes and make him an honest man’.5 Perhaps in an endeavour to prove himself worthy of the legacy, Jeffery stood successfully for a seat at Bridport in 1614, but he left no trace of his presence in the records of the Addled Parliament. He had presumably died or disappeared before 1630, when his mother died, since he is not mentioned in her will.6

Ref Volumes: 1604-1629

Author: John. P. Ferris


  • 1. C142/324/69; Hutchins, Dorset, ii. 267.
  • 2. PROB 11/118, ff. 7v-8.
  • 3. C.F. Russell, Hist. K. Edw. VI Sch. 138; Al. Ox.; I. Temple Admiss.
  • 4. PROB 11/158, ff. 87v-8.
  • 5. PROB 11/118, f. 8; F. Brown, Som. Wills, v. 61.
  • 6. PROB 11/158, ff. 87v-88.