Paul Methuen, 1st Baron Methuen

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Paul Methuen, 1st Baron Methuen (21 June 1779 – 14 September 1849[1]), was a British Whig[2] politician who was raised to the peerage in 1838.


Methuen was the son of Paul Cobb Methuen of Corsham, Wiltshire, and his wife Matilda (née Gooch). He sat as Member of Parliament for Wiltshire from 1812 to 1819 and for Wiltshire North from 1833 to 1837. He was appointed High Sheriff of Wiltshire for 1831 and raised in 1838 to the peerage as Baron Methuen, of Corsham in the County of Wiltshire.[3]

Lord Methuen married Jane Dorothea, daughter of Sir Henry Paulet St John-Mildmay, in 1810. She died in 1846. Lord Methuen survived her by three years and died in September 1849, aged 70. He was succeeded in the barony by his son Frederick. His grandson Paul Methuen, 3rd Baron Methuen, became a prominent military commander.

Methuen played in a first-class cricket match in 1816 for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) but was dismissed without scoring in both his innings. He was born at Marylebone, London, and died aged 69 at Westminster.[4]


Coat of arms of Paul Methuen, 1st Baron Methuen
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Argent three wolves’ heads erased Proper on the breast of an eagle with two heads displayed Sable.
On either side two fiery lynxes reguardant Proper collared having a line passing between their forelegs reflexed over their backs Or.
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  1. ^ "Death of Lord Methuen". Morning Advertiser. No. 18166. 17 September 1849. p. 3. Retrieved 21 June 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 480. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  3. ^ "No. 19629". The London Gazette. 26 June 1838. p. 1445.
  4. ^ "Paul Methuen". CricketArchive. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  5. ^ Burke's Peerage. 1959.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Wiltshire
With: Richard Godolphin Long 1812–1818
William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley 1818–1819
Succeeded by
New constituency Member of Parliament for Wiltshire North
With: Sir John Dugdale Astley 1832–1835
Walter Long 1835–1837
Succeeded by
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Methuen
Succeeded by