POLLARD, Sir Hugh, 2nd Bt. (c.1610-66), of Eggesford, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Constituency

Dates

19 Nov. 1640 - 9 Dec. 1641
20 July 1660
1661 - 27 Nov. 1666

Family and Education

b. c.1610, 1st s. of Sir Lewis Pollard, 1st Bt., of King’s Nympton by Margaret, da. of Sir Henry Berkeley of Bruton, Som. m. (1) Lady Bridget Vere, da. and coh. of Edward, 17th Earl of Oxford, 1da.; (2) c.1650, Mary, da. of William Stevens of Great Torrington, Devon, wid. of Henry Rolle of Beam, Devon, s.p. suc. fa. 1641.1

Offices Held

Lt. of militia ft. Devon 1629, capt. 1640, commr. of array 1642, oyer and terminer, Western circuit July 1660; j.p. Devon July 1660-d., Mdx., Surr. and Westminster 1662-d.; dep. lt. Devon c. Aug. 1660-d., commr. for assessment Aug. 1660-d., v.-adm. Oct. 1660-d., commr. for loyal and indigent officers 1662; ranger, Exmoor Forest ?1664-d.2

Maj. (royalist) 1642; col. of ft. by 1644-6; gov. Dartmouth 1645-6, Guernsey 1661-2.3

PC 29 Jan. 1662-d.; comptroller of the Household 1662-d.

Biography

Pollard’s family can be traced back in Devonshire to the 13th century, but the Marian Speaker was the first to enter Parliament. Pollard, expelled from the Long Parliament for his share in the Army Plot, was one of the most strenuous Royalists in the west during the Civil War. He compounded on a fine of £518, which was not paid till 1653. ‘Able to yield distressed majesty no further service for the present, [he] retired to his house at Nympton, where he spent the remainder of his fortune in hospitality among his friends and neighbours.’ Actually Pollard was one of the most active royalist plotters during the first half of the Interregnum; but after his total failure to give any assistance to Penruddock, whose rising was crushed almost on Pollard’s doorstep, he may have preferred to forget this episode, and he seems to have played no part in the Restoration.4

Pollard entered the Convention at a by-election for Callington on the death of Robert Rolle, presumably on his second wife’s interest, her first husband having been lord of the manor. He did not speak, and was named only to a committee on a private bill. He was returned unopposed for Devon in 1661, but his duties as governor of Guernsey kept him out of the House for the opening months of the Cavalier Parliament. In the reshuffle of Household appointments which followed the death of Lord Cornwallis (Sir Frederick Cornwallis), he became comptroller. Clarendon relates that he was chosen to manage government