EVELYN, George II (1641-99), of Ventris House, Nutfield, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Mar. 1679
Oct. 1679
5 Nov. 1696

Family and Education

b. 4 Dec. 1641, 4th s. of Sir John Evelyn I. educ. M. Temple, entered 1657, called 1664; Christ Church, Oxf. 1658; Padua 1664. m. (1) 8 Sept. 1664, Mary (bur. 16 Jan. 1673), ?da. of Richard Longland of Coulsdon, s.p.; (2) lic. 13 June 1673, Margaret (bur. 24 May 1683), da. and coh. of William Webb, Grocer, of Throckmorton Street, London, 3s. 5da.; (3) lic. 15 Aug. 1684, Frances, da. of Andrew Bromehall of Stoke Newington, Mdx., 2s. 1da. suc. fa. at Nutfield 1664, bro. Sir John Evelyn, 1st Bt., at Godstone 1671.1

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Surr. 1673-80, 1689-90, j.p. 1679-?d., dep. lt. 1694-d.2


Evelyn inherited a small estate from his father in 1664, and seven years later the entailed family property, though his elder brother had done all he could to destroy it. Returned for Bletchingley, within a mile of his home, to the three Exclusion Parliaments, he was considered ‘honest’ by Shaftesbury and voted for exclusion. No committees can be definitely assigned to him in these Parliaments, in which his cousin and namesake sat for the county. Since he remained on the commission of the peace, the presumption must be that he joined the court party. He came at the foot of the poll at Bletchingley in 1685, but sat for Gatton under William III as a country Whig. He died on 19 June 1699 and was buried at Godstone, leaving many children by two of the ‘most extraordinary beautiful wives’. His sons John and George later sat for Bletchingley, and his son William, who took the surname of Glanville, sat for Hythe from 1728-66.3

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: J. S. Crossette


  • 1. Misc. Gen. et Her. (ser. 2), iv. 338; PCC 581 Wootton, 131 Laud; A.R. Bax, Surr. Mar. Lic. 27.
  • 2. Evelyn Diary, v. 170, Surr. RO, QS2/1/6/306.
  • 3. HMC 6th Rep. 489; Surr. RO, Clayton mss 60/9/4-7; H. Evelyn, Hist. Evelyn Fam. 204-6; Evelyn Diary, v. 187.