PAYNE, John Willett (1752-1803), of Carlton House, London
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Family and Education
b. 23 Apr. 1752, 2nd s. of Ralph Payne, chief justice of St. Kitts by his 2nd w. Margaret Gallwey of St. Kitts; half bro. of Ralph Payne. educ. private sch. Greenwich; Royal Acad. Portsmouth 1767. m. 1s.1
Entered R.N. c.1769; lt. 1777; cdr. 1779; capt. 1780; r.-adm. 1799.
Keeper of the privy seal, and private sec. to Prince of Wales, and auditor of the duchy of Cornwall 1792-6; ld. warden of the stannaries 1796- d.; treasurer of Greenwich Hospital 1799- d.
In 1787 Payne was returned for Huntingdon by Lord Sandwich, to whom he apparently lent money.2 A close friend of the Prince of Wales, he opposed Pitt. In January 1789, during the Regency crisis, when a change of Administration still seemed imminent, Payne was said to be ‘such a favourite he is to be a lord of the Admiralty, and leans on the Prince as he walks, not the Prince on him’.3 No speech by Payne is reported 1787-90.
He died 17 Nov. 1803.