YELVERTON, Sir Henry, 2nd Bt. (1633-70), of Easton Maudit, Northants.
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Family and Education
bap. 6 July 1633, o. surv. s. of Sir Christopher Yelverton, 1st Bt.† of Easton Maudit by Anne, da. of Sir William Twysden, 1st Bt., of Roydon Hall, East Peckham, Kent. educ. privately (Dr Thomas Morton); St. Paul’s sch.; Wadham, Oxf. 1651-2. m. c.1654, Susan Longueville, s.j. Baroness Grey, da. and h. of Charles, 12th Lord Grey of Ruthin, 4s. (1 posth.) 1da. suc. fa. 4 Dec. 1654.1
Commr. for assessment, Northants. Jan. 1660-3, 1664-9, militia Mar. 1660, j.p. Mar. 1660-d.; commr. for oyer and terminer, Midland circuit July 1660; dep. lt. Northants. Aug. 1660-1; commr. for enclosures, Deeping fen. 1665.
Gent. of the privy chamber (extraordinary) June 1660-?d.2
Yelverton’s ancestors had been established in Norfolk by the 14th century, first sitting in Parliament in 1451. His great-grandfather bought Easton Maudit in 1578 and represented various Northamptonshire constituencies, becoming Speaker in 1597. But his father was an enclosing landlord and had to go as far afield as Bossiney to find a seat in the Long Parliament, where he served until Pride’s Purge. The family was puritan, but Yelverton was tutored by the deprived bishop of Durham, and became not only a devout Anglican but a controversialist on behalf of episcopacy. Dorothy Osborne found him ‘a very pretty little gentleman’, and claimed the credit for his excellent match. He was arrested as a royalist suspect in 1659, but on his release declared to Morton’s biographer that he was still ready to serve the King by raising 500 horse and securing Northampton. Lord Mordaunt thought him worth cultivating because of his influence with the clergy. With Thomas Crew he presented to George Monck an address of thanks from Northamptonshire for the recall of the secluded Members. Recommended by the Earl of Manchester as a ‘worthy person’, he stood as a Royalist for the county at the general election, with the support of the 2nd Earl of Manchester, and was returned after a contest. Yelverton was among the more prominent Members in the opening weeks of the Convention. He was one of four Members entrusted with counting votes for the delegation to be sent to Breda and among those ordered to prep