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John Hobart, KB, PC

Death: Died
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Son of Sir Henry Hobart, MP, 4th Baronet and Elizabeth Hobart
Husband of Judith Hobart and Elizabeth Hobart
Father of John Hobart, 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire; Dorothy Hotham; The Honorable, George Hobart, 3rd Earl of Buckinghamshire and Hon. Henry Hobart, MP
Brother of Henrietta Berkeley and Catherine Churchill

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About John Hobart, 1st Earl of Buckinghamshire

John Hobart, 1st Earl of Buckinghamshire, KB, PC (11 October 1693 – 22 September 1756) was a British peer.


Hobart was the son of Sir Henry Hobart, 4th Baronet and his wife Elizabeth Maynard, and he inherited his father's title when the latter was killed in a duel in 1698. He was created Baron Hobart in 1728 and Earl of Buckinghamshire in 1746, allegedly helped by the fact that his sister, the Countess of Suffolk, was a longtime mistress of King George II. It is notable that both his own wives came from rather obscure families. Hobart was Member of Parliament for St Ives from 1715 to 1727 and for Norfolk from 1727 to 1728.

He married firstly Judith Britiffe and secondly Elizabeth Bristow. John Hobart, 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire was his son by his first marriage and George Hobart, 3rd Earl of Buckinghamshire by his second.


Family and Education b. 11 Oct. 1693, 1st s. of Sir Henry Hobart, 4th Bt., M.P., of Blickling by Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Joseph Maynard of Clifton Reynes, Bucks. educ. Clare, Camb. 1710. m. (1) 8 Nov. 1717, Judith (d. 7 Feb. 1727), da. and coh. of Robert Britiffe, 3s. (2 d.v.p.), 5da.; (2) 10 Feb. 1728, Elizabeth, da. of Robert Bristow, 2s. suc. fa. 21 Aug. 1698; uncle Thomas Grey, 2nd Earl of Stamford, to Bere Alston estate 1720 under will of Sir John Maynard, M.P. K.B. 27 May 1725. cr. Baron Hobart of Blickling 28 May 1728; Earl of Buckinghamshire 5 Sept. 1746.

Offices Held

V.-adm. Norf. 1719-d.; ld. of Trade 1721-7; treasurer of the chamber 1727-44; assay master of the stannaries 1727-38; ld. lt. Norf. 1739-d.; capt. of gent. pensioners 1744-d.; P.C. 3 Jan. 1745.

Biography Hobart’s family, settled at Blickling since 1616, had represented the county and boroughs of Norfolk since the seventeenth century. His father strenuously supported the revolution in 1688, became a gentleman of the horse to William III, and fought at the battle of the Boyne. Besides his electoral influence in Norfolk, he controlled one, and from 1741 two, seats at St. Ives, and from 1721 one seat at Bere Alston, for all of which he returned government supporters, mostly his own relatives and friends. His sister, Henrietta Howard, later Lady Suffolk, was George II’s mistress.

Returned for St. Ives in 1715, Hobart voted for the septennial bill and the repeal of the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts, but against the peerage bill. On 23 Mar. 1726 he seconded a motion for bringing in a bill making some provision for the family of Richard Hampden. At the accession of George II he was returned for both Bere Alston and Norfolk, choosing to sit for the county. No doubt through his sister’s influence, he was appointed treasurer of the chamber and assay master of the stannaries, and was created a peer at the coronation.

He died 22 Sept. 1756, aged 61.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754 Author: Eveline Cruickshanks Notes

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John Hobart, 1st Earl of Buckinghamshire's Timeline

October 11, 1693
Age 26
August 1723
Age 29
September 8, 1731
Age 37
Age 44
September 22, 1756
Age 62