William Paulet, 3rd Marquess of Winchester

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William Paulet
Marquess of Winchester
Baron St. John
Marquess of Winchester COA.svg
Arms of Paulet, Marquess of Winchester: Sable, three swords pilewise points in base proper pomels and hilts or
Spouse(s) Anne Howard
Jane Lambert (mistress)
William Paulet, 4th Marquess of Winchester
Anne Paulet
Katherine Paulet
William Paulet
John Paulet
Hercules Paulet
Hector Paulet
Susannah Paulet
Noble family Paulet
Father John Paulet, 2nd Marquess of Winchester
Mother Elizabeth Willoughby
Born 1532
Died 24 November 1598 (aged 65–66)
Buried St. Mary's Church, Basing, Hampshire
51°16′17″N 1°02′48″W / 51.271389°N 1.046667°W / 51.271389; -1.046667

William Paulet, 3rd Marquess of Winchester KB (1532 – 24 November 1598) was an English nobleman, the son of John Paulet, 2nd Marquess of Winchester and his first wife, Elizabeth Willoughby.[1] He was made a Knight of the Bath at the coronation of Mary I on 30 November 1553.[2]


The offices he held during his career included:[3][4]

Paulet was summoned to Parliament on 5 May 1572 in his father's Barony of St John.[1] He succeeded his father as 3rd Marquess of Winchester on 4 November 1576. During October of 1586, he was one of the judges at the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots, later acting as Lord Steward at her funeral on 1 August 1587.

He is known as the author of The Lord Marquess Idleness, a remarkable and most ingenious acrostic of six Latin verses.[5] It was published in 1586 and 1587.[6]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Between 20 June 1544 and 10 February 1547/1548[7] he married Anne or Agnes[8] Howard, daughter of William Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Effingham and his first wife, Katherine Broughton and had issue:[9][10][11]

The marriage was not a happy one, and the couple were only reconciled, on one occasion, by Elizabeth I's intervention.[8]

Paulet also had children with his recognised mistress Jane Lambert, who later married the much younger Sir Gerrard Fleetwood.[12][13]

  • Sir William Paulet, died 1628, lawyer, London, later of Edington, Wiltshire. High Sheriff of Wiltshire 1613, married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Seymour
  • Sir John Paulet, lawyer, Winchester, married Elizabeth, daughter of John Stump
  • Sir Hercules Paulet, born 1574, married Bridgett, daughter of Sir Henry Gifford
  • Hector Paulet, born 1578, married Joan Butler
  • Susan or Susanna Paulet, married firstly Thomas Kirkby and secondly Launcelott Warnfford


He died 24 November 1598 and was buried at Basing, Hampshire.[9] His widow, Anne Paulet, died 18 November 1601.[9] The date of Jane Lambert's death is not recorded.


  1. ^ a b Cokayne 1898, p. 173.
  2. ^ Shaw I 1906, p. 152.
  3. ^ Cokayne 1898, pp. 173-174.
  4. ^ Hasler 1981.
  5. ^ Cokayne 1898, p. 174, note (b).
  6. ^ Thomas 1949, pp. 592-599.
  7. ^ "William Paulet, Marquess of Winchester". Family Search: Community Trees. British Isles. Peerage, Baronetage, and Landed Gentry Families with Extended Lineage. Histfam.familysearch.org. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Cokayne 1898, p. 174 footnote (a).
  9. ^ a b c Cokayne 1898, p. 174.
  10. ^ Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry III 2011, p. 312.
  11. ^ a b "Winchester, Marquess of (E, 1551)". Cracroft's Peerage. Cracroftspeerage.co.uk. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Emerson 2008-13.
  13. ^ Rylands 1913, p. 224.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire
jointly with The Earl of Sussex 1585–1593
The Lord Mountjoy 1595–1598
The Lord Hunsdon 1597–1598

Succeeded by
The Lord Mountjoy
The Lord Hunsdon
Preceded by
The Earl of Bedford
Lord Lieutenant of Dorset
Title next held by
The Viscount Howard of Bindon
Peerage of England
Preceded by
John Paulet
Marquess of Winchester
Succeeded by
William Paulet
Baron St John of Basing
(writ in acceleration)