Lord William Powlett

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William Powlett
Lord William Powlett
Spouse(s) Louisa de Caumont
Anne Egerton
William Powlett
Charles Powlett
Mary Powlett
Jane Powlett
Henrietta Powlett
Noble family Paulet
Father Charles Paulet, 1st Duke of Bolton
Mother Mary Scrope
Born 1666
Died 25 September 1729 (aged 62–63)
Hyde Park, London

Lord William Powlett (baptized 18 August 1666[1]– 25 September 1729) was an English MP. He was the younger son of Charles Paulet, 1st Duke of Bolton and his second wife, Mary Scrope.[2]


Lord William held a number of offices, including:[2]

  • Freeman, Winchester 1689, Lymington 1689
  • Deputy Lieutenant Hampshire 1689-1729
  • Commissioner for assessment, Hampshire and Yorkshire (West Riding) 1689-90
  • Captain of militia foot, Winchester by 1697
  • Recorder, Grimsby 1699-1729
  • Justice of the Peace Hampshire and Lincolnshire 1699-1729
  • Mayor, Lymington 1701-5, 1724-5, 1728-1729
  • Keeper of Rhinefield walk, New Forest 1718-1729
  • Farmer of green-wax fines 1690-1706
  • Teller of the Exchequer 1714-1729

He served as Member of Parliament for Winchester from 1689 to 1710, for Lymington from 1710 to 1715 and for Winchester from 1715 until his death in 1729.[2] Lord William became Father of the House of Commons in 1724, on the demise of Richard Vaughan, the member for Carmarthen.[3]

Marriages and issue

William Powlett married twice:[4][2]

  • He married as his second wife, Anne Egerton[2] (died 1737) in October 1699, by whom he had one daughter:[4]


He died on 25 September 1729, in his 63rd year,[2] through a fall from his horse when riding in Hyde Park, London.[1] Both his sons sat for various Hampshire boroughs as Whigs under George II.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Watson & Wynne 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Watson 1983.
  3. The Father of the House, p. 9.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Charles Powlett, Duke of Bolton". The Peerage. Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 21 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Earl of Wiltshire
Viscount Campden
Member of Parliament for Hampshire
with Earl of Wiltshire

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Earl of Wiltshire
Thomas Jervoise
Preceded by
Roger L'Estrange
Charles Hanses
Member of Parliament for Winchester
with Francis Morley 1689–1690
Frederick Tylney 1690–1701
George Rodney Brydges 1701–1707

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Parliament of Great Britain
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Member of Parliament for Winchester
with George Rodney Brydges

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George Rodney Brydges
Thomas Lewis
Preceded by
Paul Burrard
Richard Chaundler
Member of Parliament for Lymington
with Paul Burrard 1710–1713
Sir Joseph Jekyll 1713–1715

Succeeded by
Sir Joseph Jekyll
Richard Chaundler
Preceded by
George Brydges
John Popham
Member of Parliament for Winchester
with George Brydges

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George Brydges
Norton Powlett
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Denbigh
Teller of the Exchequer
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Turner, Bt
Preceded by
Richard Vaughan (politician)
Father of the House
Succeeded by
Sir Justinian Isham, 2nd Baronet