Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln

The Earl of Clinton by Godfrey Kneller.
The Earl of Lincoln (right), together with his brother-in-law, Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle.

Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln, KG PC (1684  7 September 1728) was the son of Francis Clinton, 6th Earl of Lincoln and his second wife Susan Penniston, daughter of Anthony Penniston. Upon his father's death in 1693, he became the 7th Earl of Lincoln, a peerage he held until his death in 1728.

On 16 May 1717, he married Lucy Pelham, a sister of Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle, and they had two children:

As the brother-in-law of a prominent politician (Newcastle), he served in several positions over his lifetime. In 1719 he was one of main subscribers in the Royal Academy of Music (1719), a corporation that produced baroque opera on stage. From 1715 to 1720, he was the Paymaster of the Forces. Three years later, he was named the Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets and Constable of the Tower of London, a prestigious position. In 1725, the refusal of Lord Pulteney to follow Walpole's instructions led to his dismissal as Cofferer of the Household. Clinton was appointed to replace him, resulting in him also being appointed ex officio to the Privy Council. He served in this position as an officer of state until his demise in 1728.


    Political offices
    Preceded by
    Robert Walpole
    Paymaster of the Forces
    Succeeded by
    Robert Walpole
    Preceded by
    William Pulteney
    Cofferer of the Household
    Title next held by
    Horace Walpole
    Honorary titles
    Preceded by
    The Earl of Carlisle
    Constable of the Tower of London
    Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets

    Succeeded by
    The Duke of Bolton
    Preceded by
    The Earl of Orford
    Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire
    Succeeded by
    Henry Bromley
    Peerage of England
    Preceded by
    Francis Clinton
    Earl of Lincoln
    Succeeded by
    George Clinton

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