John Holles, 2nd Earl of Clare

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John Holles, 2nd Earl of Clare (13 June 1595 – 2 January 1666) was an English nobleman.


He was born in Haughton, Nottinghamshire, the eldest son of John Holles, 1st Earl of Clare and Anne Stanhope, and the brother of Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles.

He married Elizabeth Vere, daughter of Horace Vere, 1st Baron Vere of Tilbury, on 4 September 1626. They had eight children:

He is buried in St. Mary's Church, Nottingham.


Styled Lord Haughton from 1624, he was member of parliament for East Retford in three parliaments (1623–1626) before succeeding to the peerage in 1637. He took some part in the Civil War, but "he was very often of both parties, and never advantaged either."

Although he had quarreled with Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, who had married his sister Arabella, he opposed Strafford's impeachment in the House of Lords and, after Parliament sentenced Strafford to death by attainder, pleaded hard with King Charles I for Strafford's life, but without success.

He was made Recorder of Nottingham in 1642.


Peerage of England
Preceded by
John Holles
Earl of Clare
Succeeded by
Gilbert Holles