AUBREY, Sir John, 3rd Bt. (1680-1743), of Llantriddyd, Glam. and Boarstall, Bucks.
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Family and Education
b. 20 June 1680, o. s. of Sir John Aubrey, 2nd Bt.*, by his 1st w. educ. Jesus, Oxf. 1698. m. 20 June 1701, Mary Stealy (d. 1714), 2s. 2da.; (2) c.1716, Frances, da. of William Jephson* of Boarstall, 2 da.; (3) 1 Feb. 1725, Jane Thomas (d. bef.1741) of Boarstall, s.p. suc. fa. as 3rd Bt. 15 Sept. 1700.1
Sheriff, Glam. 1710–11.
Aubrey was intended for a lucrative marriage. His father had reputedly ‘a much greater regard for the addition of four or five thousand pounds in a portion than for the alliance of any family whatsoever’. Sadly, within a year of succeeding to the baronetcy and the already substantial estate which had been accumulated by earlier shrewd matchmaking, he had been obliged to marry a ‘waiting maid’ of his mother whom he had made pregnant.2
Aubrey followed one family tradition in displaying an interest in antiquarian scholarship: he was one of the subscribers to Edward Lhuyd’s Archaeologia Britannica (1707). His political attitudes, however, showed a more markedly Whiggish strain than had those of his father. In Glamorgan, where he was politically active, he sided with the Mansel interest, ex-Whig and now moderate Tory, against the High Tory coalition ranged against it, backing Thomas Mansel I* in the 1705 general election and being returned on Mansel’s recommendation at a by-election in 1706, and again in 1708. Classed as a Whig in a list dating from early 1708, he voted the following year in favour of the naturalization of the Palatines, and he twice told with Whigs and against Tories, albeit on is