KELYNG, John (1607-71), of Hatton Garden, London and Southill, Beds.
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Family and Education
bap. 19 July 1607, o.s. of John Kelyng of Hertford by Alice, da. of Gregory Waterhouse of Halifax, Yorks. educ. Trinity Coll. Camb. 1623; I. Temple 1624, called 1632. m. (1) by 1634, Martha (d. 18 July 1660), da. of Sir Thomas Boteler of Biddenham, Beds., 4s. (3 d.v.p.) 4da.; (2) Mary (d. 24 Sept. 1667), da. of William Jesson, Draper, of London, wid. of Oliver Boteler of Harrold, Beds., 1da.; (3) 23 Mar. 1668, Elizabeth, da. of Sir Francis Bassett of Tehidy, Illogan, Cornw., s.p. suc. fa. 1642; kntd. 21 Jan. 1662.1
Steward of borough court, Hertford 1637-44; bencher, I. Temple May 1660; j.p. Beds. July 1660-d.; commr. for oyer and terminer, Norfolk circuit July 1660, assessment, Beds. Aug. 1660-9, Bedford 1661-3; freeman, Bedford 1661; commr. for loyal and indigent officers, Beds. 1662.2
Serjeant-at-law July 1660, King’s serjeant 1661-3; j.K.b. 18 June 1663, c.j. 1665-d.
No connexion has been found between Kelyng and John Keling†, the crown lawyer who sat for Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1625-6, though they were both barristers of the Inner Temple. Kelyng succeeded his father as steward of Hertford, refused the Protestation in 1642, and was imprisoned by the Long Parliament for inciting the grand jury to oppose the militia ordinance. Clarendon described him as ‘a person of eminent learning [and] eminent suffering, [who] never wore his gown after the rebellion, but was always in gaol’. He probably leased Southill during the Interregnum, though the freehold was not purchased until 1667.3
Kelyng was one of the first group of serjeants to be appointed after the Restoration, and acted as crown counsel at the trials of the regicides Francis Hacker and William Heveningham. He was involved in a double return with Sir Samuel Luke at Bedford in 1661, and seated on the merits of the return. Although a bigoted Anglican, he was listed by Lord Wharton among his friends. A moderately active Member of the Cavalier Parliament, he was appointed to 53 committees. Early in the first session he was among those given the responsibility for drawing up a proviso to the security bill and managing a conference. His other committees included those for the corporations bill and the bill of pains and penalties. He was among those instructed to peruse a proviso to the bill against mischief from Quakers and to prepare reasons for a conference. He was largely responsible for drafting the uniformity bill, reporting a conference on 10 Apr. 1662. He served on the committee to consider the bill for the execution of those under attainder, and his conduct of the prosecution of Sir Henry Vane has been condemned as ‘unfeelingly harsh and insulting’. On 2 Apr. 1663 he attended a conferen