John Hobart, 1st Earl of Buckinghamshire

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John Hobart, 1st Earl of Buckinghamshire, KB PC (11 October 1693 – 22 September 1756) was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1715 to 1728, when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Hobart.

Early life[edit]

Blickling Hall

Hobart was the son of Sir Henry Hobart, 4th Baronet of Blickling and his wife Elizabeth Maynard, and he inherited his father's title when the latter was killed in a duel in 1698. He was admitted at Clare College, Cambridge in 1710.[1] He married firstly Judith Britiffe (half-sister of Elizabeth, wife of William Morden) in 1717 and secondly Elizabeth Bristow in 1728.[2]


Hobart was returned unopposed as Member of Parliament for St Ives at the 1715 general election. He became Vice Admiral of Norfolk in 1719, holding the post until his death. In 1721 he became Lord of Trade. He was elected MP for St Ives in a contest in 1722. At the 1727 general election he was returned as MP for Bere Alston and for Norfolk. He chose to sit for Norfolk but vacated his seat in 1728 when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Hobart at the coronation of King George II. His sister, the Countess of Suffolk, was a longtime mistress of the King. In 1727, he became Treasurer of the Chamber (until 1744) and assay master of the stannaries (until 1738). He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk in 1739, captain of the Gentleman Pensioners in 1744 and Privy Councillor in 1745. In 1746 he was created Earl of Buckinghamshire.

Death and legacy[edit]

Hobart died aged 61 on 22 September 1756. He was succeeded by his sons John by his first marriage and then George by his second marriage.


  1. ^ "Hobart, John (HBRT710J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ "HOBART, Sir John, 5th Bt. (1693-1756), of Blickling, nr. Norwich, Norf". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir William Pendarves
John Hopkins
Member of Parliament for St Ives
With: Lord Harry Powlett 1715–1722
Henry Knollys 1722–1727
Succeeded by
Henry Knollys
Sir Robert Rich
Preceded by
Thomas de Grey
Sir Thomas Coke
Member of Parliament for Norfolk
Succeeded by
Harbord Harbord
Sir Edmund Bacon
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Stanhope
Treasurer of the Chamber
Succeeded by
Sir John Hynde Cotton, Bt
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Yarmouth
Vice-Admiral of Norfolk
Succeeded by
The Earl of Orford
Preceded by
The Viscount Townshend
Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk
Preceded by
The Lord Bathhurst
Captain of the Gentlemen Pensioners
Succeeded by
The Lord Berkeley of Stratton
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Earl of Buckinghamshire
Succeeded by
John Hobart
Baron Hobart
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Henry Hobart
(of Intwood)
Succeeded by
John Hobart