YATES, Henry (1659-1716), of Warnham, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1695 - 1702

Family and Education

bap. 6 Sept. 1659, o. surv. s. of Henry Yates of Warnham by Jane, da. of Sir Francis Stydolph of Mickleham, Surr.  m. bef. Sept. 1688, Elizabeth (d. 1706), da. of Edward Parterich of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warws., 4s. (2 d.v.p.) 6da. (2 d.v.p.).  suc. fa. at birth.1

Offices Held

Burgess, Horsham 1686.2


Yates’s family had been settled at Warnham since the early 17th century, although he was the first member to sit in Parliament. He owned sufficient burgages in Horsham to give him an electoral interest there and was returned for the borough as a Whig in 1695. He was forecast as a probable supporter of the government in a division on the proposed council of trade on 31 Jan. 1696, and was prompt in signing the Association. Otherwise his activities are difficult to distinguish from those of Robert Yate, the Whig Member for Bristol, although bills relating to Bristol and the coinage may safely be assigned to the latter. Yates was given leave of absence in February 1696, in February 1698, due to his wife’s illness, and again in April the same year. Returned once more for Horsham in 1698, he was afterwards classed as a Court supporter in a comparative analysis of the old and new House of Commons, and voted against the disbanding bill on 18 Jan. 1699. He may have been a teller against the third reading of a clause relating to a private estate in the Irish forfeitures bill on 1 Apr. 1700. An analysis of the House in terms of ‘interests’ in early 1700 listed him with the Junto. In the second 1701 Parliament he was classed as a Whig by Robert Harley* and may have been the ‘Mr Yates’ who told on 13 May 1702 for bringing up a clause to the salt duties bill for a drawback on the duty paid on salt exported to Scotland. He retired from politics in 1702, and was buried at Warnham on 10 May 1716.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Suss. Arch. Colls. xxxiii. 183, 197–8.
  • 2. Norfolk mss at Arundel Castle, Horsham pprs. HO2235, Horsham poll 1713.
  • 3. W. Albery, Parlty Hist. Horsham, 81; Suss. Arch. Colls. 198.