YORKE, John (1685-1757), of Gouthwaite Hall and Richmond, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1710 - 1713
5 Mar. 1717 - 1727
14 Mar. 1728 - 14 July 1757

Family and Education

bap. 16 Dec. 1685, 1st s. of Thomas Yorke*.  educ. Eton 1698; Peterhouse, Camb. 1703.  m. 5 Jan. 1732, Anne (d. 1768), da. of James Darcy*, 1st Baron Darcy of Navan [I], s.psuc. fa. 1716.1

Offices Held


Yorke was first returned for Richmond in 1710 on his father’s interest. He was classed as ‘doubtful’ in the ‘Hanover list’, and proved to be an inactive Member. In the 1713 session he voted against the French commerce bill on 18 June, on which occasion he was classed as a Whig. His father stood instead of him in 1713, when stiff opposition was expected at Richmond. Although Yorke did not return to Parliament until 1717, when he came in at a by-election for Richmond following his father’s death, he was noted as a Whig in a list comparing the 1715 Parliament with its predecessor. Thereafter he sat for Richmond in every Parliament until his death on 14 July 1757.2

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Eveline Cruickshanks / Ivar McGrath


  • 1. Dugdale’s Vis. Yorks. ed. Clay, ii. 282.
  • 2. C. Clarkson, Richmond, 333; G. Holmes, Pol. in Age of Anne, 223; Clay, 282.