CORYTON, Sir John, 4th Bt. (?1690-1739), of West Newton Ferrers, nr. Callington, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1713 - 1722
1727 - 1734

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b. ?1690, o.s. of Sir William Coryton, 3rd Bt., M.P., by Susanna, da. of Edward Littleton, M.P., of Pillaton, Staffs., sis. of Sir Edward Littleton, 3rd Bt. educ. Rugby 1698; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 14 Oct. 1708, aged 18. m. 31 Oct. 1715 (with £4,000),1 Rachel, da. of William Helyar of East Coker, Som., s.p. suc. fa. 6 Dec. 1711.

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Coryton, whose family had represented Callington almost continuously since the Restoration, was returned for it as a Tory in 1715. His only recorded vote was against the peerage bill in 1719. His name was sent to the Pretender as a Jacobite supporter in 1721,2 and he was in touch with Atterbury’s agents during the plot of 1722.3 Bought out at Callington by Walpole in 1734,4 he died 22 May 1739, leaving all his property to his wife.5 His cousin Peter, son of John Goodall, assumed the name of Coryton and contested the will under a remainder in Sir William Coryton’s will. After a protracted lawsuit, which ended in 1745, he acquired Crocadon and the Callington property, West Newton Ferrers going to the Helyar family.6

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Add. 36181, f. 163.
  • 2. Stuart mss 65/16.
  • 3. Rep. from the Cttee. appointed by the House of Commons to examine Christopher Layer and others, 1723, App. F. 11.
  • 4. 'State of the Borough of Callington 3 Mar. 1772', Glubb mss at Royal Inst. of Cornw., Truro; see CALLINGTON.
  • 5. PCC 5 Browne.
  • 6. Add. 36183, f. 86 seq.