CLOBERY (CLOBERRY), John (c.1645-99), of Bradstone, 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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1695 - 1698

Family and Education

b. c.1645, 1st s. of Christopher Clobery of Bradstone by Johanna, da. of Hugh Fortescue of Filleigh, Devon.  educ. Exeter, Oxf. matric. 14 Mar. 1663, aged 18; I. Temple 1663.  m. 29 Sept. 1673, Elizabeth (d. by 1695), da. of Sir William Courtenay, 1st Bt.†, of Powderham Castle and Ford House, Devon, 2s. (1 d.v.p.) 9da. (1 d.v.p.).  suc. fa. 1677.1

Offices Held

Common councilman, Plymouth 1696.2


Clobery came from the senior branch of the Cloberys of Bradstone. His father’s younger brother was Sir John Cloberry† (father of the first wife of William Bromley II*), who had settled in Hampshire. Politically, however, the two branches had parted company, with Sir John ready to support the Court under Charles II and James II. Indeed, he married his two eldest daughters to prominent Tories. John, on the other hand was a Whig. Returned for Truro in 1695, presumably on the interest of his cousin Hugh Fortescue*, he was forecast as likely to support the Court in the divisions of 31 Jan. 1696 over the proposed council of trade and signed the Association. Most noticeably, however, he was named as a common councilman in the new charter acquired by the Whigs for Plymouth in October 1696. The following month he voted for the attainder of Sir John Fenwick†. On 16 Dec. 1697 he was absent at a call of the House and was ordered to be sent for into custody. However, there is no mention of his release and on 4 Apr. 1698 he was again absent and ordered to attend in a fortnight. He did not stand in 1698 when listed as a Court supporter ‘left out’ of the new Parliament. He died in 1699 and was buried at Bradstone on 27 Mar. In the 1699–1700 session a private bill was passed to enable the trustees named in his will to sell part of his estate, in order to provide portions for his eight surviving daughters, amounting to a total of £10,000, and to settle debts worth almost £24,000.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Eveline Cruickshanks / Stuart Handley


  • 1. Vivian, Vis. Devon, 201–2.
  • 2. CSP Dom. 1696, p. 424.
  • 3. PCC 69 Noel; HMC Lords, n.s. iv. 56–57.