ROGERS, Sir John, 2nd Bt. (1676-1744), of Blackford, 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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1713 - 1722

Family and Education

bap. 14 June 1676, o. surv. s. of Sir John Rogers, 1st Bt.*  m. 9 May 1698, Mary (d. 1760), da. of Sir Robert Henley* by his 2nd w., 5s. (3 d.v.p.) 5da.  suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. Apr. 1710.

Offices Held

Surveyor of melting tin 1710–?34; recorder, Plymouth 1717–d., mayor 1722–3, 1741–2.1


Rogers inherited a considerable fortune from his father, a merchant of some figure in Plymouth, and was a protégé of Lord Treasurer Godolphin (Sidney†) who created a post for him in the tin office in the duchy of Cornwall. At the 1713 election he was put up at Plymouth and was elected without encountering any Tory opposition. He voted on 18 Mar. 1714 against the expulsion of Richard Steele, and was granted leave of absence for a month on 27 May. He was classed as a Whig in the Worsley lists of 1713 and 1715 as well as in two other lists of the 1715 Parliament. Retaining his seat in 1715, he stood down at the next election. Rogers died on 21 Jan. 1744, and was buried at Cornwood.

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Add. 70157, f. 12.