POTTER, Hugh (1596-1662), of Lincoln's Inn and Petworth, Suss.
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Family and Education
bap. 1 Aug. 1596, 1st s. of Tobias Potter of Iddesleigh, Devon by Susan, da. of Hugh Osborne of Iddesleigh. educ. L. Inn 1615, called 1622. unm.2
Commr. for sewers, Suss. 1630, 1637, assessment, Northumb. Suss, and Yorks. (W. Riding) 1661-d.3
Registrar of Admiralty 1639-44, Sept. 1660-d.
Potter registered the pedigree of his minor Devonshire family with the heralds at their visitation. Three years later, ‘a marvellous honest, civil young man’, he entered the service of the Percy family, becoming secretary to the 4th Earl of Northumberland, who made him registrar of the Admiralty before the Civil War. He took out a patent for the office at Nottingham on 24 Aug. 1642, but reluctantly followed his master into the parliamentarian camp, though his brother George, an Exeter merchant, was heavily fined for royalism. He abstained from the House after Pride’s Purge, and took no part in public affairs during the Interregnum. At the Restoration he was restored to office in association with his fellow-servant Orlando Gee. Returned unopposed for Cockermouth on the Percy interest in 1661, he was listed by Lord Wharton as a friend. During his few months in the Cavalier Parliament, he was moderately active with nine committees, including those for the uniformity bill, the naval regulations bill, and the execution of those under attainder. He died on 12 Feb. 1662, leaving £50 to the poor of his birthplace and £40 to his constituency. Gee, who attended his deathbed, and Robert Scawen were two of the overseers. Over £4,000 remained to be divided among his relatives. No other member of the family entered Parliament.4