See also:English politician, was the son of
See also:Sir Walter Yonge of Colyton,
See also:shire, and
See also:grandson of Walter Yonge of Colyton (?1581-1649), whose diaries (1604-45), more especially four volumes now in the
See also:British Museum (Add .
See also:MSS . 18777-18780), are valuable material for
See also:history . In 1722 he was elected to parliament as member for
See also:Honiton; and he succeeded his
See also:father, the third
See also:baronet, in 1731 . In the
See also:House of
See also:Commons he attached himself to the Whigs, and making himself useful to Sir Robert Walpole, was rewarded with a commissionership of the
See also:treasury in 1724 .
See also:George II., who conceived a strong antipathy to Sir
See also:William, spoke of him as " Stinking Yonge "; but Yonge conducted himself so obsequiously that he obtained a commissionership of the
See also:admiralty in 1728, was restored to the treasury in 1730, and in 1735 became secretary of state for war . He especially distinguished himself in his defence of the
See also:government against a hostile motion by Pulteney in 1742 . Making friends with the -Pelhams, he was appointed
See also:vice-treasurer of
See also:Ireland in 1746; and, acting on the
See also:committee of management for the
See also:impeachment of
See also:Lord Lovat in 1747, he won the applause of Horace Walpole by moving that prisoners impeached for high treason should be allowed the assistance of counsel . In 1748 he was elected F.R.S . He died at Escott, near Honiton, on the 10th of
See also:August 1755 .
By his second wife,Anne, daughter and coheiress of
See also:Thomas, Lord
See also:Howard of Effingham, he had two sons and six daughters . He enjoyed some reputation as a versifier, some of his lines being even mistaken for the
See also:work of
See also:Pope, greatly to the disgust of the latter; and he wrote the lyrics incorporated in a comic
See also:opera, adapted from
See also:Richard Brome's The Jovial
See also:Crew, which was produced at
See also:Drury Lane in 1730 and had a considerable vogue . His eldest son, SIR GEORGE YONGE (1731-1812), was member of parliament for Honiton continuously from 1754 to 1794, and held a number of different government appointments, becoming a lord of the admiralty (1766-70), vice-treasurer for Ireland (1782), secretary of state for war (1782-94, with an
See also:interval from
See also:April to
See also:December 1783),
See also:master of the mint (1794-99) . In 1799 he was appointed
See also:governor of the Cape of
See also:Good Hope . Serious charges being brought against his administration, which was marked by great lack of
See also:judgment, he was re-called in 1801 . He died on the 25th of
See also:September 1812 . The baronetcy became
See also:extinct at his
See also:death .
JOHN YONGE (1467-1516)
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