YARDE, Gilbert (1673-1707), of Bradley and Sharpham, Devon

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1705 - Dec. 1707

Family and Education

bap. 17 Feb. 1673, 1st s. of Gilbert Yarde of Bradley by Elizabeth, da. of Henry Northleigh of Peamore, Devon.  educ. Exeter, Oxf. 1692.  m. 17 Jan. 1695, Joan, da. and h. of Henry Blackaller of Sharpham, Devon, 2s. 1da.  suc. fa. 1692.1

Offices Held

Alderman, Exeter by 1701.2


Yarde’s father, an Exeter merchant, alderman and mayor, gave negative replies to James II’s agents on the repeal of the Test Act and Penal Laws in 1688 and was removed from the Devon commission of the peace. Successful in 1705 for Ashburton, which his cousin Edward Yarde had represented in 1685, Yarde was classed as a ‘gain’ for the Whigs by Lord Sunderland (Charles, Lord Spencer*), possibly in error as he voted against the Court candidate for the Speakership on 25 Oct. 1705, and was classed as a Tory later in that Parliament. He died in December 1707, and was buried at Ashburton on the 24th. Part of his estate was sold by Act of Parliament in 1710 to pay for his debts.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Vivian, Vis. Devon, 832.
  • 2. CSP Dom. 1700–2, p. 251.
  • 3. Duckett, Penal Laws and Test Act (1882), 375; CJ, xvi. 236.