Sir John Gell, 2nd Baronet

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Sir John Gell, 2nd Baronet (1613 – 8 February 1689) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1654 and 1689.

Gell was the son of Sir John Gell, 1st Baronet of Hopton, Derbyshire, and his wife Elizabeth Willoughby, daughter of Sir Percival Willoughby of Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire.[1] He was baptised at Kedleston in October 1613. He matriculated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford on 23 November 1632, aged 17.[2]

In 1654, Gell was elected Member of Parliament for Derbyshire in the First Protectorate Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Derbyshire in 1656 for the Second Protectorate Parliament. In 1659 he was re-elected MP for Derbyshire for the Third Protectorate Parliament.[3]

Gell inherited the baronetcy on the death of his father in 1671. He was High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1673.[2] In January 1689 he was elected MP for Derbyshire but died a month later at the age of 76.[4]

Gell married Katherine Packer, daughter of John Packer of Denington Castle, Berkshire. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son Philip. His daughter Catherine married William Eyre and their son John Eyre inherited the lands at Hopton and assumed the surname Gell.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Gervase Bennet
Nathaniel Barton
Member of Parliament for Derbyshire
With: Thomas Sanders 1654-1659
Edward Gell 1654
Sir Samuel Sleigh 1656
German Pole 1656
Succeeded by
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