YONGE, Sir John (1603-63), of Colyton, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Apr. 1642

Family and Education

bap. 2 Oct. 1603, 1st s. of Walter Yonge of Upton Helions, by Jane, da. and coh. of Sir John Periam of Exeter. educ. Exeter, Oxf. 1619, BA 1621, MA 1625; M. Temple 1619. m. c.1623, Elizabeth, da. of Sir William Strode of Newnham, Plympton, 3s. 2da. Kntd. 15 Sept. 1625; suc. fa. 1649; cr. Bt. 26 Sept. 1661.3

Offices Held

Commr. for execution of ordinances, Devon 1644, assessment 1644-52, 1657, Aug. 1660-d., j.p. 1647-57, Mar. 1660-d.; freeman, Lyme Regis 1647; commr. for militia, Devon 1648, Mar. 1660.4

Commr. for compounding 1647-9.


Yonge’s family settled in Devon in the reign of Henry VII. His great-grandfather sat for Plymouth in 1555, and his father was the well-known diarist of the Long Parliament. Probably a Presbyterian, Yonge abstained from sitting after Pride’s Purge, but returned before its final dissolution in 1660. At the general election, he was returned for Honiton, eight miles from Colyton, and marked by Lord Whart