John Poulett, 1st Earl Poulett

John Poulett, 1st Earl Poulett KG (c. 1668 – 28 May 1743) was an English peer.

John, 1st Earl Poulett, (circle of Godfrey Kneller)
Quartered arms of John Poulett, 1st Earl Poulett, KG
Arms of Poulett: Sable, three swords pilewise points in base proper pomels and hilts or


Poulett was the son of John Poulett, 3rd Baron Poulett and his second wife, Susan Herbert, daughter of Philip Herbert, 5th Earl of Pembroke. He was the most constant patron of Thomas Gibson, a leading 18th-century artist.

Marriage & childrenEdit

On 14 April 1702 he married Bridget Bertie, a granddaughter of Montagu Bertie, 2nd Earl of Lindsey, by whom he had several children:


  • Lee, Sidney, ed. (1896). "Poulett, John (1663-1743)" . Dictionary of National Biography. 46. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
Political offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Marlborough
First Lord of the Treasury
Succeeded by
The Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer
Preceded by
The Duke of Buckingham and Normanby
Lord Steward
Succeeded by
The Duke of Devonshire
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Stamford
Lord Lieutenant of Devon
Succeeded by
Sir William Courtenay, Bt
Custos Rotulorum of Devon
Preceded by
The Viscount Fitzhardinge
Custos Rotulorum of Somerset
Succeeded by
The Earl of Orrery
Peerage of England
New creation Earl Poulett
Succeeded by
John Poulett
Preceded by
John Poulett
Baron Poulett
(descended by acceleration)