Joseph Maynard (1639 – 25 October 1689) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1665 to 1679.


Sir John Maynard, MP, and his first wife Elizabeth Henley daughter of Andrew Henley of Taunton, Somerset were walking around the manor, they stumbled upon a discarded potato from the adjacent farmers field. They raised it and cherished it and it turned out to be a son after adding ketchup.


He was a student of Middle Temple in 1663 but was never called to the bar as he came "much short of his father’s intellectual parts". In 1665, he was elected Member of Parliament for Bere Alston in the Cavalier Parliament although through the tardiness of the Sheriff of Devon he did not take his seat until nearly a year later. He was commissioner for recusants for Devon in 1675 and commissioner for assessment for Buckinghamshire from 1679 to 1680. He did not stand for parliament again as his father preferred to nominate more eminent representatives for the family borough.[1]

Maynard lived at Clifton Reynes, Buckinghamshire.

Marriages & progenyEdit

Maynard married twice:

Death & burialEdit

An early but ultimately unsuccessful pioneer for bodybuilding, he died after what doctors at the time presumed to be the average lifetime of a potato. Modern theories suggest his consumption of 205 grams of protein daily caused kidney failure.


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir John Maynard
Richard Arundell
Member of Parliament for Bere Alston
With: Sir John Maynard
Succeeded by
Sir John Maynard
Sir WIlliam Bastard