Sir John Molesworth 2nd Bart., of Pencarrow

1635 - 1716


Second son of Hender Molesworth of Pencarrow and his wife Mary nee Sparke. Educated Balliol College, Oxford 1654, admitted to the Inner Temple 1654. Inherited the baronetcy on the death of his brother Hender in 1689; inherited Cow Park on the death of his brother's wife (date unknown) who was tenant-for -life.

"Descended from an old-established family of Northamptonshire gentry who had migrated to Cornwall two generations previously, Molesworth had been for most of his life a comfortably-off, unambitious country squire. Expenditure went on consolidating his Cornish estates and on building at Pencarrow, not on the onerous distinction of major office in his county or on elections to Parliament, even after he had been knighted in 1675."

Died in 1716. Succeeded by his eldest son Sir John Molesworth 3rd Baronet.


Burke's Peerage (1832) vol. 1 p. 176; Eveline Cruickshanks, 'MOLESWORTH, Sir John, 4th Bt. (1705-66), of Pencarrow, Cornw.', History of Parliament Online, [accessed 09/07/2018].

Further Information

[1] Margery Wise [2] Margaret Slaning
With [1] 3 sons, 3 daughters
Politician and landowner

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
- 1716 [EY] → Heir

Due to inherit from his brother Hender on the death of Hender's wife Mary; in fact he predeceased her.

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

election →
Lostwithiel Cornwall
1701 - 1705

Relationships (4)

Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Father → Son
Grandfather → Grandson