BENNET, Sir Levinus, 2nd Bt. (c.1631-93), of Babraham, Cambs.
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Family and Education
b. c.1631, 1st s. of Sir Thomas Bennet, 1st Bt., of Babraham by Mary, da. and coh. of Levinus Munck, clerk of the signet. educ. G. Inn 1644. m. 6 July 1653, Judith, da. of William Boevey, merchant, of Little Chelsea, Mdx. and Flaxley Abbey, Glos., 2s. (1 d.v.p.), 7da. suc. fa. 28 June 1667.1
Sheriff, Cambs. and Hunts. 1652-3; commr. for assessment, Cambs. Sept. 1660-80, 1689-90, j.p. 1661-Mar. 1688, 1689-d., commr. for corporations 1662-3, complaints, Bedford level 1663, appeals 1668, pontage, Cambridge 1673, recusants, Cambs. 1675; freeman, Cambridge 1679; dep. lt. Cambs. by 1680-?87, 1689-d.2
Bennet’s grandfather, a London alderman, bought Babraham early in the 17th century. His father was accused, long after the Civil War was over, of supplying horses and money to the King’s army, but the charge was dismissed by the committee for the advance of money. He held local office during the Protectorate, but was created a baronet at the Restoration, and proposed as a knight of the Royal Oak, with an income of £2,000 p.a. Although Bennet was a second cousin of Sir Henry Bennet, he took no ascertainable part in politics before the exclusion crisis. He may have been outraged by the trickery which enabled two members of the Green Ribb