Walter Yonge (died 1649)

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Arms of Yonge: Ermine, on a bend cotised sable three griffin's heads erased or

Walter Yonge (1579–1649) of Great House in the parish of Colyton in Devon, England, was a lawyer, merchant and diarist.


He was the eldest son and heir of John II Yonge (d.1612) of Colyton by his wife Alice Stere. His grandfather was John I Yonge of Axminster, Devon (who has been confused in Vivian (1895) with John Young (died 1589) of The Great House, Bristol, Gloucestershire, MP for Plymouth in 1555.[1]) His great-grandfather was Walter I Yonge (fl. tempore Henry VII (1485-1509) & Henry VIII (1509-1547)) of Bossington, Berkshire (sic[2]), who having been the first of his family to settle in Devonshire purchased several estates in that county, including:


Yonge was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and was called to the bar from Middle Temple. In 1628 he was Sheriff of Devon. As a merchant he invested in the Dorchester Company, a joint-stock company promoting fishing and colonisation in New England. He was a Member of Parliament for Honiton, Devon, in the Long Parliament from 1640, but did not sit after Pride's Purge in December 1648. From 1642 to 1648 he was one of the victuallers of the Navy.

Marriage and children

Yonge married Jane Periam, a daughter and co-heiress of Sir John Peryam (1541 – c. 1618) of Exeter, Devon, MP four times (Barnstaple 1584, Bossiney 1586, Exeter 1589 and 1593) and Mayor of Exeter,[7] by his wife Elizabeth Hone, a daughter and co-heir of Robert Hone of Ottery.[8] Jane's uncle was Sir William Peryam (1534 – 9 October 1604) of Little Fulford, near Crediton in Devon, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer. By his wife he had two sons and one daughter as follows:

  • Sir John Yonge, 1st Baronet (1603-1663), MP, of Colyton, eldest son and heir, who served alongside his father in the Long Parliament.
  • Walter Yonge (1608-1667) of Ford, 2nd son, a lawyer at the Inner Temple.[9]
  • Jane Young (1605-1666), died unmarried.[10]


Yonge is now best remembered as an author: his well-known diaries (1604–27 and 1642–45) are valuable historical material, especially four volumes now in the British Museum (Add. MSS. 18777–18780). These were published in Britain in the 19th century by the Camden Society. Full text on-line at [1].


  1. Vivian, p.840; The latter's arms are shown on his monument in Bristol Cathedral as Chequy argent and vert, on a bend azure two ibex's heads and necks erased of the first, which appear to rule out a connection between the two families
  2. Vivian, p.840; location of "Bossington" not apparent, places of this name exist in Somerset and Hampshire
  3. Pole, p.124
  4. Pole, p.125
  5. Pole, p.134
  6. Pole, p.176
  7. "PERYAM, John (1541-c.1618), of Exeter, Devon. | History of Parliament Online".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.603, part of pedigree of Pole
  9. Vivian, p.840
  10. Vivian, p.840, Not to be confused with Jane Yonge (died 1652) (whose monument is in Musbury Church, Devon), daughter of "Sir John Younge of Stutcombe", Devon (Vivian, pp.297,840), wife of Sir John Drake, 1st Baronet (1619 – 7 July 1669) of Ash, Musbury

External links

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