ST. JOHN, Paulet (1704-80), of Farley Chamberlayne and Dogmersfield Park, Hants.
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Family and Education
b. 7 Apr. 1704, 1st s. of Ellis St. John (formerly Mews) of Farley Chamberlayne by his 2nd w. Martha, da. and eventually h. of Edward Goodyear of Dogmersfield Park. educ. Oriel, Oxf. 1722. m. (1) 2 Aug. 1731, Elizabeth (d. 21 Dec. 1733), da. of Sir James Rushout, 2nd Bt., M.P., of Northwick Park, Worcs., s.p.; (2) 1 Oct. 1736, Mary (d. 17 Dec. 1758) da. of John Waters of Brecon, wid. of Sir Halswell Tynte, 3rd Bt., 3s.; (3) 13 Feb. 1761, Jane, da. and h. of R. Harris of Silkstead, Hants, wid. of William Pescod of Winchester, s.p. suc. fa. 1729; cr. Bt. 9 Oct. 1772.
Sheriff, Hants, 1727-8; woodward, New Forest 1764; mayor, Winchester 1772.
Descended from a Winchester family, St. John inherited considerable estates in Hampshire from his father, who had married two heiresses. Unsuccessful for Winchester at a by-election in 1730, he was returned for it as a government supporter at the general election of 1734, voting with the Administration on the Spanish convention in 1739. Returned for the county in 1741, he was put down to Pelham in the Cockpit list of Oct. 1742, but thenceforth he seems to have gone into opposition, for his only recorded vote was against the Hanoverians in 1744, and by 1746 he was no longer classed among government supporters. Declining to stand for the county in 1747,1 he was returned once more at a contested by-election for Winchester in 1751 on the interest of the Duke of Chandos (Henry Brydges) but did not stand again. He died 8 June 1780.
Ref Volumes: 1715-1754
Author: Paula Watson
- 1. Ld. Castlemaine to Bedford, 7 June 1747, Bedford mss.