John Paulet, 2nd Marquess of Winchester

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The Marquess of Winchester
Arms of Paulet, Marquess of Winchester: Sable, three swords pilewise points in base proper pomels and hilts or
Governor of the Isle of Wight
In office
MonarchElizabeth I
ChancellorSir Nicholas Bacon
(as Lord Keeper)
Preceded byThe Lord Cromwell
Succeeded bySir Edward Horsey
High Sheriff of Hampshire
In office
MonarchHenry VIII
ChancellorSir Thomas Audley
Preceded byJohn Kaleway
Succeeded byAnthony Winsore
High Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset
In office
MonarchHenry VIII
ChancellorSir Thomas Audley
Preceded byHugh Paulet
Succeeded byJohn Horsey
Personal details
John Paulet

c. 1510
Died4 November 1576(1576-11-04) (aged 65–66)
Chelsea, London
Resting placeSt Mary's Church, Basing, Hampshire
51°16′17″N 1°02′48″W / 51.271389°N 1.046667°W / 51.271389; -1.046667
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Willoughby (before 1536)
Elizabeth Seymour (1554–1568)
Winifred Brydges
ChildrenWilliam Paulet, 3rd Marquess of Winchester
George Paulet
Thomas Paulet
Richard Paulet
Elizabeth Paulet
Mary Paulet
Parent(s)William Paulet, 1st Marquess of Winchester (father)
Elizabeth Capel (mother)
The 2nd Marquess of Winchester
2nd Marquess of Winchester
PredecessorWilliam Paulet, 1st Marquess of Winchester
SuccessorWilliam Paulet, 3rd Marquess of Winchester
Other titles2nd Earl of Wiltshire
2nd Baron St John

John Paulet, 2nd Marquess of Winchester (c. 1510[1] – 4 November 1576), styled The Honourable John Paulet between 1539 and 1550, Lord St John between 1550 and 1551 and Earl of Wiltshire between 1551 and 1555, was an English peer.[2] He was the eldest son of William Paulet, 1st Marquess of Winchester and Elizabeth Capel.[3][4]


John Paulet was knighted by Henry VIII at Boulogne on 30 September 1544.[5][6] After the death of Edward VI he was (with his father) one of the signatories to the settlement of the Crown on Lady Jane Grey of 16 June 1553, although he later changed his allegiance to Queen Mary. He was styled Lord St John from 1550 to 1572. He was summoned to Parliament on 3 October 1554 in one of his father's baronies as Lord St John. He was one of the Peers at the trial of the Duke of Norfolk on 16 January 1572. He succeeded his father as Marquess of Winchester on 10 March 1572.[7]

The offices he held during his career included:[7][4]

Marriages and issue[edit]

Paulet was married three times:[7][8]


John Paulet died at Chelsea on 4 November 1576 and was buried in St. Mary's Church, Basing, Hampshire.[7] His widow, Winifred, died at Chelsea in 1586 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.[7]


  1. ^ Faris 1999, p. 269.
  2. ^ Cokayne 1959, pp. 762–763, fn. a.: "Though always referred to in official documents, 1550-54, as Lord St. John, he is called Earl of Wiltshire by Edward VI in his Journal, 31 Oct.-6 NOV. 1551, and by his mother-in-law, Lady Mountjoy, in her will dat. 4 Apr. 1552".
  3. ^ Tait 1895, pp. 92–94.
  4. ^ a b Cokayne 1959, pp. 762–764.
  5. ^ Metcalfe 1885, p. 81.
  6. ^ Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, 19(2), 334.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Cokayne VIII 1898, p. 173.
  8. ^ Cokayne III 1913, p. 558.
  9. ^ a b Mosley 1 2003, p. 1124.
  10. ^ Richardson III 2011, p. 311: "His wife, Elizabeth, presumably died before 4 April 1552."
  11. ^ a b Richardson III 2011, p. 311.
  12. ^ Richardson III 2011, p. 112.
  13. ^ Cokayne 1959, pp. 763–764.
  14. ^ Faris 1999, p. 269.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Governor of the Isle of Wight
Succeeded by
Peerage of England
Preceded by Marquess of Winchester
Succeeded by
Baron St John of Basing
(writ in acceleration)
(descended by acceleration)