ROLLE, Samuel II (1669-1735), of Hudscott, Devon

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1705 - 1708

Family and Education

b. 5 Mar. 1669, 1st s. of Dennis (or Dyonisius) Rolle of Great Torrington, Devon, and the Inner Temple by Jane Lovering of Hudscott.  educ. Exeter, Oxf. 16 July 1687, BA 1691; M. Temple 1689, called 1697.  m. 30 Apr. 1700, Dorothy (d. 1735), da. and coh. of John Lovering, merchant, of Wichehalse, Devon, 2s. (1 d.v.p.) 2da.  suc. fa. 1671.1

Offices Held


Rolle’s family were distant cousins of the far wealthier Rolles of Stevenstone. His grandfather, Sir Samuel Rolle, had sat for Barnstaple, while further connexions with the borough were provided through his mother’s family. On marriage his wife had a moiety of the manors of Countisbury and Lynton in Devon settled on her. Returned for Barnstaple in 1705, Rolle was classed as a ‘gain’ for the Whigs by Lord Sunderland (Charles, Lord Spencer*) and voted for the Court candidate as Speaker on 25 Oct. He did not stand for re-election, however, either in 1708 or in any subsequent election. He died on 28 Feb. 1735 and was buried at Chittlehampton, Devon. His surviving son Samuel†, dying without issue in 1747, left Hudscott to his cousin Denys Rolle† of Stevenstone, Devon, father of the 1st Lord Rolle (John†).2

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Vivian, Vis. Devon, 655; Trans. Devon Assoc. xxxviii. 182; Collins, Peerage, viii. 519.
  • 2. Trans. Devon Assoc. 181–2; Collins, 519.