ROGERS, John (1708-73), of Blachford, in Cornwood, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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13 June 1739 - 17 Jan. 1740

Family and Education

bap. 31 Aug. 1708, 1st s. of Sir John Rogers, 2nd Bt.. educ. New Coll. Oxf. 1724. m. 28 Oct. 1742, Hannah, da. of Thomas Trefusis of Trefusis, Cornw., s.p. suc. fa. as 3rd Bt. 21 Jan. 1744.

Offices Held

Mayor, Plymouth, March 1728-9, 1743-4, recorder, ?1744; sheriff, Devon 1755-6.


John Rogers stood for the mayoralty of Plymouth in 1728, when passion rose so high that he and the rival candidate, George Treby, drew their swords upon one another. On a tie, he was declared elected by a mandamus from the King’s bench.1 Returned against a government candidate, Charles Vanburgh, in 1739, he was unseated in favour of his opponent and did not stand again. He died 20 Dec. 1773.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Shirley Matthews


  • 1. H. F. Whitfield, Plymouth, 167; R. W. S. Baron, Mayors and Mayoralties of Plymouth, 42.