TREVELYAN, Sir John, 2nd Bt. (1670-1755), of Nettlecombe, Som.

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

Dates

1695 - 1698
Feb. - Nov. 1701
1708 - 10 Sept. 1715
23 May 1717 - 1722

Family and Education

b. 9 Apr. 1670, 1st surv. s. of Sir George Trevelyan, 1st Bt., of Nettlecombe by Margaret, da. and h. of John Willoughby of Ley Hill, Honiton, Devon.  educ. Wadham, Oxf. 1687.  m. (1) 1693, Urith (d. 1697), da. of Sir John Pole, 3rd Bt.*, 1da. d.v.p.; (2) 22 May 1700, Susanna (d. 1718), da. and h. of William Warren of Stallensthorn, Devon, 3s. 5da.  suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. 1671.1

Offices Held

Sheriff, Som. 1704–5.

Biography

Originally from Cornwall, Trevelyan’s family had acquired Nettlecombe, near Minehead, by marriage in the reign of Henry VII. His grandfather had been a colonel in the Royalist army during the Civil War, although when he compounded for his estate in 1646, he denied having taken an active part in the fighting. His father had been rewarded for the family’s loyalty with a baronetcy in 1662 but had died when Trevelyan was scarcely a year old. In May 1691, almost as soon as he came of age, Trevelyan was appointed a deputy-lieutenant. A Tory, he was returned as knight of the shire for the county without opposition in 1695. He was forecast in January 1696 as a probable opponent of the Court on the proposed council of trade, refused to sign the Association in February, voted against the Court on fixing the price of guineas at 22s. in March, and on 25 Nov. voted against the attainder of Sir John Fenwick†. An analysis of the Commons compiled shortly after the 1698 election noted him retrospectively as a member of the Country party. Although he canvassed for re-election in 1698, his refusal to take the Association two years previously had forestalled any possibility of success and he withdrew before the poll. He was, however, returned again for the county without opposition in January 1701, but stood down when Parliament was dissolved at the end of the year.