ODNB -- Life Of Day -- Evelyn, John (16201706)
- Evelyn, John (16201706), diarist and writer, was born on 31 October
1620 at Wotton in Surrey, the second son and fourth child of Richard
Evelyn (15901640) and his wife, Eleanor (15991635), daughter of John
Stansfield (d. 1627) and his wife, Elianor, née Comber (d. 1613).
Evelyn believed that his family came from Shropshire and ultimately
from Normandy. From his great-grandfather John, who first brought the
invention of gunpowder into England, his grandfather George
(15261603) inherited the patent for its manufacture that descended in
the family until the outbreak of the civil war.