Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln

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The Earl of Clinton by Godfrey Kneller.
The Earl of Lincoln (right), together with his brother-in-law, Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle.

Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln, KG PC (1684 – 7 September 1728) was the son of Francis Clinton, 6th Earl of Lincoln and his second wife Susan Penniston, daughter of Anthony Penniston. Upon his father's death in 1693, he became the 7th Earl of Lincoln, a peerage he held until his death in 1728.

On 16 May 1717, he married Lucy Pelham, a sister of Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle, and they had two children:

As the brother-in-law of a prominent politician (Newcastle), he served in several positions over his lifetime. In 1719 he was one of main subscribers in the Royal Academy of Music (1719), a corporation that produced baroque opera on stage. From 1715 to 1720, he was the Paymaster of the Forces. Three years later, he was named the Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets and Constable of the Tower of London, a prestigious position. In 1725, the refusal of Lord Pulteney to follow Walpole's instructions led to his dismissal as Cofferer of the Household. Clinton was appointed to replace him, resulting in him also being appointed ex officio to the Privy Council. He served in this position as an officer of state until his demise in 1728.


Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Walpole
Paymaster of the Forces
Succeeded by
Robert Walpole
Preceded by
William Pulteney
Cofferer of the Household
Title next held by
Horace Walpole
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Carlisle
Constable of the Tower of London
Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets

Succeeded by
The Duke of Bolton
Preceded by
The Earl of Orford
Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire
Succeeded by
Henry Bromley
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Francis Clinton
Earl of Lincoln
Succeeded by
George Clinton