Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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JOHN SAINT AUBYN (1696-1744)

John Saint Aubyn was born on September 27th 1696, the eldest surviving son of Sir John and Lady Mary Saint Aubyn.  Mary was the daughter of Mr Peter de la Hay, of Westminster, London.  Although his grandfather. the first baronet, had been baptised at Plymouth's Saint Andrew's Church in 1645, the family had no connection with the Town at that time.

He inherited his father's baronetcy in 1714 and became the third baronet.  After matriculating at Exeter College, Oxford, in 1718, he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in 1721.  In 1722 he was returned to parliament as member for the county of Cornwall.

His connection with Plymouth commenced on October 3rd 1725, when he married Miss Catherine Morice, the daughter of Sir Nicholas Morice, of Werrington, Devon, and Lord of the Manor of Stoke Damerel, where the town of Plymouth-Dock was being developed.  Between then and her death on June 16th 1740, Catherine inherited her father's estates, which passed to her husband.

Throughout his life he built a reputation as an independently-minded gentleman of principle, to such a degree that Prime Minister Walpole is credited with saying of him: 'All these men have their price except the little Cornish baronet'.

Sir John was not to make much from his growing wealth, however, for he died of the fever on August 15th 1744 at Pencarrow, in the parish of Egloshayle, Cornwall, the home of his sister-in-law, Barbara Morice, the wife of Mr John Molesworth.  He was buried at Crowan Parish Church.  His estate passed to the fourth baronet, John Saint Aubyn (1726-1772).






Compiled with the kind assistance
of Mr Richard Saint Aubyn, of New Jersey, USA.