Sir Benjamin Ayloffe, 2nd Baronet

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Sir Benjamin Ayloffe, 2nd Baronet (29 August 1592 – March 1662) was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1661 to 1662. He supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War.


Ayloffe was the second son of Sir William Ayloffe, 1st Baronet and his first wife Catharine, daughter and coheir to John Sterne, of Melbourn, Cambridgeshire. His elder brother William died within the lifetime of his father so Ayloffe inherited the estates and the baronetcy on his father's death in 1627.[1]

At the outbreak of the English Civil War King Charles I appointed Ayloffe High Sheriff of Essex. Consequently, he was imprisoned by Parliament, his estates being sequestrated and himself obliged to sell that of Brittains. He was fined, 29 May 1649, £2,000, increased to £3,000.[1][2]

In 1661 Ayloffe was elected Member of Parliament for Essex in the Cavalier Parliament.[3] He died in 1662 and was buried at Braxted.[4][1][2]


Ayloffe married three times. Firstly, about 1611, to Alice, daughter of Martin Archdale. She died and was buried on 28 November 1612, at Hornchurch, they had no children. He remarried on 9 May 1616, at Barking, Essex, to Margaret (she was 5th daughter of Thomas Fanshawe, of Jenkins in Barking, remembrancer of the exchequer, and sister to Sir Henry Fanshawe).[1][2] They had one daughter: Catharine, who married Thomas Hardwick, of Leeds, in Yorkshire and three sons:[2]

  • William, his son and heir;
  • Benjamin, who succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his brother;
  • Henry, who had to wife, Dorothy (daughter and heir of Richard Bulkeley, of Chedle, in Cheshire), and was father to Sir John Ayloffe, of Stanford-Rivers, in Essex.
  • John, who immigrated to Virginia. His descendants were overlooked when the Baronetcy passed to a younger branch of the family.

Ayloffe's third marriage was to Margaret, sister of George Porter. She remarried John Wall, of St. Clement Danes, Middlesex and died 1682.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Cokayne 1900, p. 94.
  2. ^ a b c d e Wotton & Kimber 1771, p. 112.
  3. ^ History of Parliament Online - Ayloffe, Sir Benjamin, 2nd Bt.
  4. ^ His will is dated 19 February 1658, proved November 1662 (Cokayne 1900, p. 94).


  • Wotton, Thomas; Kimber, Edward (1771). Johnson, Richard, ed. The baronetage of England: containing a genealogical and historical account of all the English baronets now existing ... illustrated with their coats of arms ... To which is added an account of such Nova Scotia baronets as are of English families; and a dictionary of heraldry ... by E ... 1. G. Woodfall. pp. 111, 112. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Edward Turnor
John Baramston
Member of Parliament for Essex
1661– 1662
With: John Baramston
Succeeded by
John Baramston
Banastre Maynard
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
William Ayloffe
(of Braxted Manor)
Succeeded by
William Ayloffe