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ODNB -- Life Of Day -- Evelyn, John (1620–1706)

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  • Michael Robinson
    Evelyn, John (1620–1706), diarist and writer, was born on 31 October 1620 at Wotton in Surrey, the second son and fourth child of Richard Evelyn
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      Evelyn, John (1620–1706), diarist and writer, was born on 31 October
      1620 at Wotton in Surrey, the second son and fourth child of Richard
      Evelyn (1590–1640) and his wife, Eleanor (1599–1635), 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
      (1526–1603) inherited the patent for its manufacture that descended in
      the family until the outbreak of the civil war.

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