EVELYN, John (1706-67), of Wotton, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1727 - 1741
1741 - 1747
1747 - 1767

Family and Education

b. 24 Aug. 1706, 1st s. of Sir John Evelyn, 1st Bt., M.P., commr. of the customs, by Anne, da. of Edward Boscawen, M.P., sis. of Hugh Boscawen, 1st Visct. Falmouth, and gd.-da. of Sir Francis Godolphin. educ. Eton 1718; Queen’s, Oxf. 1725. m. 17 Aug. 1732, his cos. Mary, da. of Hugh Boscawen, 1st Visct. Falmouth. suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. 15 July 1763.

Offices Held

Equerry 1731-3 and groom of the bedchamber 1733-51 to Frederick, Prince of Wales; clerk of the household to George, Prince of Wales, 1756-60; clerk of the Green Cloth, 1760-d.


Returned by Lord Godolphin at Helston, Evelyn entered the service of Frederick, Prince of Wales, voting with the Administration till 1738, when he followed Frederick into opposition. He was one of the opposition Whigs who withdrew on the motion for the removal of Walpole in February 1741. Returned by Lord Falmouth for Penryn in 1741, he continued to conform with the Prince’s politics, supporting the Administration after Walpole’s fall till 1747, when Frederick reverted to opposition. At the general election of that year, he was returned for Helston as a member of the Prince’s party, Frederick contributing £300 towards his election expenses.1 After Frederick’s death, he went over to the Government, securing a place in the new heir apparent’s household on its formation in 1756.

He died 11 June 1767.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. HMC Fortescue, 120, 128.