He was the only son of George Yeo of Huish, Devon by his wife Ann Beresford. Educated at Eton College 1758-60, and at Exeter College, Oxford 1761, he trained as a lawyer in the Middle Temple, 1751.
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- Risdon, Tristram (1811). Rees; et al. (eds.). The Chorographical Description or Survey of the County of Devon (updated ed.). Plymouth: Rees and Curtis. p. 419.
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