John Holles, 1st Earl of Clare
John Holles, 1st Earl of Clare (May 1564 – 4 October 1637) was an English nobleman.
He was the son of Denzil Holles of Irby upon Humber and Eleanor Sheffield (daughter of Edmund Sheffield, 1st Baron Sheffield of Butterwick. His great-grandfather was William Hollyes, Lord Mayor of London. He was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge from 1579, aged 12, after which he studied law at Gray's Inn from 1583. He was at Court until 1599.
Holles married Anne Stanhope (daughter of Sir Thomas Stanhope) on 23 May 1591 in Shelford, Nottinghamshire. Through his marriage to Anne, he inherited Thurland Hall in Nottingham which was later known as Clare Place. The family seat was at Haughton Hall in the parish of Bothamsall, which was demolished in the late eighteenth century. He served as High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire for 1591–92.
He died at home in Nottingham and is buried in St. Mary's Church, Nottingham. He had 6 sons and 4 daughters.
- John Holles, 2nd Earl of Clare (1595–1666), married Elizabeth Vere. MP for East Retford
- Robert Holles (b. 1597), married Ursula Cooper
- Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles (1599–1680) MP for Mitchell
- Francis (died without offspring)
- William (died without offspring)
- Eleanore Holles, married Oliver Fitzwilliam, 1st Earl of Tyrconnel, became Countess of Tyrconnel, buried in St. Mary's Church, Nottingham 11 April 1681
- Arabella Holles (died October 1631), married Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford
|Ancestors of John Holles, 1st Earl of Clare|
- "HOLLES, Sir John (c.1567-1637), of Haughton, Notts. and Lincoln's Inn Fields, Mdx.; later of Westminster and Thurland Place, Nottingham, Notts.". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
|Peerage of England|
|New title||Earl of Clare
| Succeeded by|
- "Archival material relating to John Holles, 1st Earl of Clare". UK National Archives.
- Portraits of John Holles, 1st Earl of Clare at the National Portrait Gallery, London