WOOLCOMBE, John (1680-1713), of Pitton, Yealmpton, 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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4 Feb. 1702 - 1705

Family and Education

bap. 8 June 1680, 1st s. of John Woolcombe of Pitton by Thomasine, da. of Philip Francis, mayor of Plymouth 1642, 1651.  educ. Exeter, Oxf. 1697; M. Temple 1698.  m. settlement 30 Jan. 1707, Anne (d. 1713), da. of Richard Hele, rector of Helland, Cornw., of Flete House, Holbeton, Devon, and sis. of Richard Hele*, s.psuc. fa. 1690; uncle Henry Woolcombe at Ashbury, Devon 1692.1

Offices Held

Sheriff, Devon 1711–12.


The only member of his family ever to sit in Parliament, Woolcombe was returned at a by-election in February 1702 at the age of 21, and was chosen again in the general election in the following July, probably as a nominee of the Trelawnys. He was not, however, destitute of any interest of his own, both as a local landowner and as a connexion of the Hele family, founders and trustees of a charity often crucial in Plymouth elections. A Tory, Woolcombe voted on 13 Feb. 1703 against agreeing with the Lords’ amendments to the bill for enlarging the time for taking the oath of abjuration. At a call of the House on 23 Nov. 1703 he wa