YONGE, Sir John (1603-63), of Colyton, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Apr. 1642

Family and Education

bap. 2 Oct. 1603, 1st s. of Walter Yonge of Upton Helions, by Jane, da. and coh. of Sir John Periam of Exeter. educ. Exeter, Oxf. 1619, BA 1621, MA 1625; M. Temple 1619. m. c.1623, Elizabeth, da. of Sir William Strode of Newnham, Plympton, 3s. 2da. Kntd. 15 Sept. 1625; suc. fa. 1649; cr. Bt. 26 Sept. 1661.3

Offices Held

Commr. for execution of ordinances, Devon 1644, assessment 1644-52, 1657, Aug. 1660-d., j.p. 1647-57, Mar. 1660-d.; freeman, Lyme Regis 1647; commr. for militia, Devon 1648, Mar. 1660.4

Commr. for compounding 1647-9.


Yonge’s family settled in Devon in the reign of Henry VII. His great-grandfather sat for Plymouth in 1555, and his father was the well-known diarist of the Long Parliament. Probably a Presbyterian, Yonge abstained from sitting after Pride’s Purge, but returned before its final dissolution in 1660. At the general election, he was returned for Honiton, eight miles from Colyton, and marked by Lord Wharton as a friend, but unlike his son, Walter Yonge, he was not active in the Convention, though he too sued out a pardon at the Restoration. He made no recorded speeches, and was named only to the committee for supplying defects in the poll bill. He did not stand in 1661, though he was created a baronet later in the year. He was buried at Colyton on 26 Aug. 1663.5

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Authors: M. W. Helms / John. P. Ferris


  • 1. Abstained after Pride’s Purge, 6 Dec. 1648, readmitted 21 Feb. 1660.
  • 2. Excluded.
  • 3. Vis. Devon ed. Vivian, 840; Trans. Devon Assoc. lxvi. 261.
  • 4. Lyme Regis mss B1/9, f. 1.
  • 5. Keeler, Long Parl. 404; Trevelyan Pprs. (Cam. Soc. o.s. cv), 288; Trans. Devon Assoc. lxvi. 253.