Poulett, John, 1st Earl Poulett (1663 -1743)
John Poulett was the only son of John, 3rd Baron Poulett, and his second wife, Susan, daughter of Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke. He succeeded his father in 1680, but did not take his seat in the House of Lords until 24 November 1696, and then only under threat of committal for non attendance. He married, April 1702, Bridget, only daughter of Peregrine Bertie of Waldershare in Kent, and niece of Robert Bertie, 3rd Earl of Lindsey. In 1706 he took part in the negotiations for the Act of Union with Scotland, and was created Viscount Hinton St George and Earl Poulett 29 December 1706. He was First Lord of the Treasury 1710 1711, Lord Steward of the Household 1711 1714 and Custos rotulorum of Somerset from 1712 1714. He was elected Knight of the Garter 25 October 1712. As he had not shown himself active on behalf of the Hanoverian cause, he lost his places at the accession of George I.