EVELYN, Sir John II (1601-85), of West Dean, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Apr. 1640
Nov. 1640
3 May - 23 May 1660
23 May 1660

Family and Education

b. 11 Aug. 1601, 1st s. of George Evelyn, clerk in Chancery, of West Dean by Elizabeth, da. and h. of Sir John Rivers of Chafford, Kent. educ. Merchant Taylors’ 1613; Emmanuel, Camb. 1615, BA 1619. m. 2 Apr. 1622, Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Robert Coxe, Grocer, of London, 1s. d.v.p. 4da. Kntd. 8 Aug. 1623; suc. fa. 1636.2

Offices Held

J.p. Wilts. 1637-d., Hants 1641-July 1660; commr. for assessment, Wilts. 1643-4, 1649-52, Jan. 1660-80, Hants and Wilts. 1647-8, sequestrations, Wilts. 1643, levying of money, 1643; execution of ordinances, Hants 1645, gov. Covent Garden precinct 1646; commr. for militia, Wilts. 1648, Hants and Wilts. Mar. 1660, scandalous ministers, Wilts. 1654, oyer and terminer, Western circuit 1655, recusants, Hants 1675.3

Commr. for Westminster Assembly 1643, for provision for New Model Army 1645, Admiralty 1645-8, propositions for relief of Ireland 1645, abuses in heraldry 1646, exclusion from sacrament 1646, bishops’ lands 1646, managing assessment 1647; member, committee of both kingdoms 1648; Councillor of State 25 Feb.-29 May 1660.


Evelyn was the nephew of Sir John Evelyn I and cousin of the diarist. His grandfather bought the West Dean estate, nine miles from Stockbridge, in 1618. Evelyn succeeded to a property of £2,000 p.a., encumbered with at least £7,000