John Poulett, 4th Earl Poulett

Arms of Poulett: Sable, three swords pilewise points in base proper pomels and hilts or

John Poulett, 4th Earl Poulett KT (3 April 1756 – 14 January 1819), styled Viscount Hinton between 1764 and 1788, was a British peer and militia officer.

Poulett was the son of Vere Poulett, 3rd Earl Poulett, by Mary Butt, daughter of Richard Butt, of Arlington, Gloucestershire. From 4 August 1778 until April 1803, he was colonel of the East Devon Militia, which was in active service in the Army in 1779.[1]

He succeeded his father in the earldom in 1788.[2] In 1792 he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Somerset,[3] a post he held until his death. He was also a Recorder of Bridgwater. The East Devon Militia was again embodied, under his colonelcy, for active service in March 1794,[4] and he was also commissioned colonel of the Somersetshire Fencible Cavalry.[5] On 30 May, he was invested a Knight of the Thistle.[6] He was appointed a Lord of the Bedchamber to George III on 19 November 1795, an office he held until his death.[7] Poulett was commissioned colonel of the 1st (East) Somersetshire Militia[1] and the East Somerset Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry on 17 September 1803.[8]

Lord Poulett married firstly Sophia Pocock, daughter of Admiral Sir George Pocock, in 1782. They had ten children, including Vice-Admiral the Honourable George Poulett, father of William Poulett, 6th Earl Poulett. One daughter, Lady Sophia Poulett was the wife of Henry Vane, 2nd Duke of Cleveland, while another daughter, Lady Mary Poulett, was the second wife of Lord Charles Somerset. After Sophia's death in January 1811 Poulett married secondly Margaret Burges, daughter of Ynyr Burges and widow of Sir John Smith-Burges, 1st Baronet, in 1816. He died in January 1819, aged 62, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, John. The Countess Poulett died at Brighton in May 1838.[2]


  1. 1 2 Doyle, James William Edmund (1886). The Official Baronage of England, v. 3. London: Longmans, Green. p. 78.
  2. 1 2 John Poulett, 4th Earl Poulett
  3. The London Gazette: no. 13470. p. 805. 23 October 1792.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 13633. p. 245. 18 March 1794.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 13661. p. 475. 20 May 1794.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 13665. p. 497. 27 May 1794.
  7. Bucholz, Robert. "Index of Court Officers: Index P" (PDF). The Database of Court Officers 1660–1837. Department of History, Loyola University Chicago. p. 82. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 15802. p. 574. 27 April 1805.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Guilford
Lord Lieutenant of Somerset
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Bath
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Vere Poulett
Earl Poulett
Succeeded by
John Poulett
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