TUFTON, Sir John, 2nd Bt. (c.1623-85), of The Mote, Maidstone, Kent.
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Family and Education
b. c.1623, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Sir Humphrey Tufton, 1st Bt., of The Mote by Margaret, da. and coh. of Herbert Morley of Glynde, Suss. educ. Univ. Coll. Oxf. matric. 29 Apr. 1636, aged 13. m. (1) Margaret, da. and coh. of Thomas, 2nd Baron Wotton of Marley, s.p.; (2) bef. 1657, Mary, da. and h. of Sir James Altham of Markshall, Latton, Essex, s.p. Kntd. 21 Dec. 1641; suc. fa. Oct. 1659.
Commr. for assessment, Kent Jan. 1660-80, Warws. 1677-80, militia, Kent Mar. 1660, j.p. Mar. 1660-78, 1679-d., col. of militia ft. Apr. 1660-?d., dep. lt. c. Aug. 1660-78, 1679-d.; commr. for sewers, Derge marsh Oct. 1660, Medway marshes Dec. 1660, oyer and terminer, Home circuit 1661; asst. Rochester Bridge 1661-d., warden 1662, 1670, 1677, 1684; commr. for corporations, Kent 1662-3, loyal and indigent officers 1662, recusants 1675.1
Tufton’s father, a younger brother of the first Earl of Thanet, sat for Maidstone in the Long Parliament until Pride’s Purge, but as early as 1643 his distaste for the proceedings at the county committee was manifest. Tufton himself signed the conservative Kentish petition in 1642, for which he was imprisoned, but took no further part in politics until the eve of the Restoration. He offered his services to the King in 1659, and was returned at the general election of 1660 as knight of the shire; but he was not active in the Convention, being appointed only to the com