Paulet, William, 1st Marquess of Winchester (1475 -1572)
William Pawlet was the eldest son of Sir John Paulet of Basing, and Alice, daughter of Sir William Paulet of Hinton St George. He was sheriff of Hampshire in 1512 and was knighted before 1525, and in 1525 made Master of the King’s Wards. He was Member of Parliament for Hampshire 1529-1536, and in 1531 became Comptroller of the King’s Household. In 1539 he was made Baron St John, and in April 1543 a Knight of the Garter. He took part in the overthrow of Protector Somerset, and was created Earl of Winchester in 1550, and Marquess of Winchester in 1551 by King Edward VI. He married firstly, Elizabeth (d. 1558), daughter of Sir William Capel, Lord Mayor of London in 1503, by whom he had four sons. He married secondly, Winifrid (d. 1586), daughter of Sir John Bruges, alderman of London, and widow of Sir Richard Sackville, under-treasurer of the Exchequer. This marriage produced no issue.He died at a great age on 10 March 1572, still in office, and was succeeded by his son John.