Name: Sir John EVELYN
Birth: 11 AUG 1601 in West Dean, Wiltshire
Death: 26 JUN 1685 in West Dean, Wiltshire
He was a cousin of the diarist John Evelyn, and nephew of another John Evelyn (1591–1664), of Godstone in Surrey, who served as MP for nearby Bletchingley in 1628, 1640 and 1660.
In 1626, Evelyn was elected Member of Parliament for Wilton. He became a JP for Wiltshire in 1637. In April 1640, he was elected Member of Parliament for Ludgershall in the Short Parliament, and was re-elected MP for Ludgershall in the Long Parliament in November 1640. He became a JP for Hampshire in 1641. He was a commissioner for Westminster Assembly, a commissioner for
assessment for Wiltshire and a commissioner for levying of money in 1643. In 1645 he became a commissioner for the execution of ordnances in Hampshire, a commissioner for the New Model Army and then for the Admiralty. He was also commissioner for propositions for the relief of Ireland. In 1646 he was governor of the Covent Garden precinct and commissioner for abuses in heraldry and for exclusion from sacrament and for bishops lands. In 1648 he was a member of the committee of both kingdoms. He abstained from the House of Commons after Pride's Purge.
In 1660 Evelyn was Councillor of State. He was re-elected at Ludgershall in 1660 for the Convention Parliament but this was a double return and he sat instead for Stockbridge.
A long lived happy man', he cut off his daughter Susan with 5s because of her marriage to George Saunderson and left the whole of his estate to his daughter Elizabeth.
Father: George EVELYN
Mother: Elizabeth RIVERS
- Elizabeth EVELYN
- Susan or Sarah Evelyn Viscountess CASTLETON