APPLEYARD, Matthew (c.1660-1700), of Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1689 - 1695

Family and Education

b. c.1660, 3rd but 2nd surv. s. of Sir Matthew Appleyard† (d. 1670), by Frances, da. of Sir William Pelham of Brocklesby, Lincs.  educ. Beverley sch.; St. John’s, Camb. adm. 27 Apr. 1677, aged 16.  m. 30 May 1682, Jane, da. of William Ramsden†, merchant, of Hull, 5s. (3 d.v.p.) 2da.1

Offices Held

Jt. customer, Kingston-upon-Hull 1661, sole 1670–May 1688, 1689–d.2


Appleyard had given evasive answers to James II’s questions on the repeal of the Test Act and Penal Laws and was consequently removed in May 1688 from his long-standing position as customer of Hull. Following the Revolution he was reappointed as customer, with a salary of £39 p.a. However, such ancient customs offices were normally supplemented by substantial fees and perquisites. The duties of the office were carried out by a deputy, whose own salary of £20 a year remained unpaid until 1690, at which time Appleyard was ordered by the Treasury to settle the arrears. Appleyard had presented the corporation of Hedon with a ‘handsome silver tankard’, and after his return for the borough in 1690 was listed as a Tory and probable Court supporter by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†). The following year he was noted by Robert Harley* as a Court supporter, while during 1693–5 he was twice listed as a placeman. He was not an active Member, being given leave of absence on 6 Jan. 1694 and again on 31 Jan. 1695 for the recovery of his health. Presumably illness prevented him from standing again at the general election in 1695. He died at Lambeth early in June 1700 and was buried at Burstwick, Yorkshire.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Eveline Cruickshanks / Ivar McGrath


  • 1. Lincs. Peds. (Harl. Soc. l), 34.
  • 2. CSP Dom. 1661–2, p. 39; Cal. Treas. Bks. viii. 1923, 2160; ix. 464; xv. 376.
  • 3. Duckett, Penal Laws and Test Act (1882), 68–69; Cal. Treas. Bks. ix. 464, 730, 1076; G. R. Park, Hedon, 161; Luttrell, Brief Relation, iv. 656.