EVELYN, George (1678-1724), of Rooksnest, nr. Bletchingley, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1705 - 18 Oct. 1724

Family and Education

b. 26 Oct. 1678, 2nd s. of George Evelyn, M.P., of Nutfield, nr. Bletchingley by his 2nd w. Margaret, da. and h. of William Webb of Throgmorton St., London; bro. of William Glanville, formerly Evelyn. m. (1) lic. 14 Aug. 1701, Rebecca Rollinson (d.1703), s.p.; (2) Anne (d. Oct. 1716), da. of Hon. Robert Paston, s.p.; (3) settlement 22 Aug. 1720, Mary, da. of Thomas Garth of Harrold, Beds., 3da.; she later m. Charles Boone, whose son Daniel m. her da. Ann. suc. bro. 1702.

Offices Held

Clerk of the household to Prince of Wales 1716-d.


In 1591 the Evelyns bought the manor of Godstone, near Bletchingley, which they thereafter frequently represented. Returned as a Whig on the family interest for the borough, George Evelyn obtained a post in the Prince of Wales’s household after George I’s accession, following the Prince into opposition in 1717, when he voted against the Government in the division of 4 June on the case of Lord Cadogan, and was classed as ‘Prince of Wales’. He remained in opposition till the reconciliation between the King and the Prince in 1720, voting against the Government on the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts and on the peerage bill in 1719. After his death, intestate, 18 Oct. 1724, Godstone was sold for £24,000 in 1733 to his mother’s second husband, Charles Boone, whose son Daniel sold it in 1751 to Sir Kenrick Clayton.1

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. U. Lambert, Godstone, 292-3.