PENGELLY, Francis (c.1661-by 1724), of Woodland, nr. Plymouth, 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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16 Mar. - 7 July 1698

Family and Education

b. c.1661, 1st s. of John Pengelly of Whitchurch, Devon.  educ. Christ Church, Oxf. matric. 28 Mar. 1679, aged 17; M. Temple 1682, called 1688.  m. 31 July 1712, Mary, da. of Rev. Lewis Stucley of Plymouth,  s.p.1

Offices Held

Attorney-gen. to duchy of Cornwall 1698–1714; town clerk and steward, Plymouth 1705–22.2


Pengelly had a lease of the manor of Trevally from the duchy of Cornwall, from where he supplied Plymouth’s naval dockyard with the raw material for bricks. In March 1698 he was appointed, with a salary of £50 p.a., attorney-general to the duchy of Cornwall. On the day he was appointed to this office Pengelly was also returned at a by-election for Saltash, presumably at least in part on the dockyard interest as the borough was situated over the estuary. He stood down at the 1698 election, being classed in about September as a Court supporter ‘out’ of the new Parliament, and did not stand for election again. In 1705 he became town clerk of Plymouth, a post which he retained until 1722. He was turned out as attorney-general of the duchy in November 1714 after the accession of George I. Pengelly had died by 1724, when (Sir) Thomas Pengelly† remitted his fee for proving the will in which he left £200 to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Vivian, Vis. Devon, 722, 848, 866.
  • 2. Cal. Treas. Bks. xiii. 272; info. from duchy of Cornwall recs.; HMC 9th Rep. pt.1, p. 267.
  • 3. Cal. Treas. Bks. xi. 217, 399; xiii. 272; HMC 7th Rep. 685.