ROLLE, John II (aft.1655-1726), of Shapwick, Som.; East Tytherley, Hants; and Marrais, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
Available from Boydell and Brewer



1713 - 1715

Family and Education

b. aft. 1655, 2nd s. of Sir Francis Rolle† of Shapwick and East Tytherley by Priscilla (d. 1708), da. of Sir Thomas Foote, 1st Bt.†, alderman of London, of West Clandon, Surr.  m. 3s. 6da.  suc. nephew 1709; uncle Dennis Rolle at Marrais 1714.1

Offices Held


A cousin of the Rolles of Stevenstone and of Heanton Satchville in Devon, Rolle was, through his mother, the nephew of Sir Arthur Onslow, 2nd Bt.†, and of Denzil Onslow*. He inherited Shapwick in 1708 when his nephew died without issue. His father had been a strong Whig, but when Rolle was returned for Bridgwater, some eight miles from Shapwick, in 1713, he was classed as a Tory in the Worsley list. He was put out of the Somerset commission of the peace in 1715. He died in 1726, the last of the Shapwick Rolles to sit in Parliament.2

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Collins, Peerage, viii. 521; VCH Som. vi. 185; Som. Wills, i. 84.
  • 2. VCH Som. 185; L. K. J. Glassey, Appt. JPs, 250.