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Yarmouth, Earl of (E, 1679 - 1732)


Creation: let.pat. 30 Jul 1679


Extinct: 25 Dec 1732


Family name: Paston




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Robert [Paston], 1st Viscount Yarmouth later 1st Earl of Yarmouth

son and heir of Sir William Paston, 1st Bt., of Paston and Oxnead, co. Norfolk, by his first wife Lady Katherine Bertie, 2nd dau. of Robert [Bertie], 1st Earl of Lindsey


29 May 1631


15 Jun 1650 Rebecca Clayton (d. 16 Feb 1693/4), 2nd dau. of Alderman Sir Jasper Clayton, of London, by his wife Mary Thompson, dau. of William Thompson, of Tynemouth Castle, co. Northumberland


1. Hon William Paston, later 2nd Earl of Yarmouth

2. Hon Robert Paston, mar. (1) Hester Mainwaring, and (2) Anne Harbord, dau. and cohrss. of Philip Harbord, and had issue:

1a. Ann Paston

3. Hon Jasper Paston, mar. ...... Fairborne, widow of Sir Palmes Fairborne

4. Col Hon Thomas Paston (d. 1693), mar. Dorothy Darcy, dau. of Edward Darcy, and had issue:

1a. Capt Robert Paston RN

1a. Rebecca Paston, mar. Adm Sir Stafford Fairborne

1. Lady Margaret Paston, mar. Hieronimo Alberto de Conti


8 Mar 1682/3


19 Aug 1673 Baron Paston, of Paston in the County of Norfolk, and Viscount Yarmouth, of Yarmouth in the County of Norfolk

30 Jul 1679 Earl of Yarmouth

suc. by



knighted 1660; Member of Parliament for Thetford 1660 and for Castle Rising 1661-73; suc. his father as 2nd Baronet 22 Feb 1622/3; a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber 1666/7; High Steward of Great Yarmouth 1674-82/3; Freeman of Yarmouth 1675 and of King's Lynn 1679; Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk 1676-82/3; Vice Admiral of Norfolk 1676-82/3; Joint Surveyor and Receiver of fines of the Court 1677 and part of the Greenwax fines 1678-79


William [Paston], 2nd Earl of Yarmouth


c. 1653/4

mar. (1)

17 Jul 1672 Lady Charlotte Jemima Henrietta Maria Howard (b. c. 1650; naturalised 1675; widow of James Howard, only son of Hon Thomas Howard (by his wife Werburge Kirkoven, dau. of John Kirkoven, Lord of Hemfleet, Holland), 2nd son of Theophilus [Howard], 2nd Earl of Suffolk; d. 28 Jul 1684), illegitimate dau. of King Charles II by his mistress Elizabeth Boyle, wife of Francis [Boyle], 2nd Viscount Shannon, and 2nd dau. of Sir Robert Killigrew, Vice Chamberlain to Queen Henrietta Maria

children by first wife

1. Brig Gen Hon Charles Paston, styled Lord Paston, Member of Parliament for Thetford 1698/9-1700, Col of a Regiment of Foot 1703/4-10, Brig General 1710 (b. 29 May 1673; dspm. and vp. 15 Dec 1718), mar. Elizabeth Pitt (d. aft. 16 Apr 1724), and had issue:

1a. Hon Elizabeth Paston (d. aft. 16 Apr 1724)

2. Capt Hon William Paston RN (b. 1682; dvp. 1711)

1. Lady Charlotte Paston, mar. (1) Thomas Herne, of Heveringland, co. Norfolk, and (2) Maj ..... Weldron

2. Lady Rebecca Paston, mar. Sir John Holland, 2nd Bt., of Quidenham, co. Norfolk (d. 1724), and had issue

mar. (2)

10 Mat 1686/7 Hon Elizabeth Wiseman (b. c. 1656; widow of Sir Robert Wiseman, Dean of the Arches; d. 23 Jan 1730), 3rd dau. of Dudley [North], 4th Baron North, by his wife Ann Montagu, 2nd dau. and cohrss. by his second wife of Sir Charles Montagu, of Cranbrook, co. Essex


s.p.m.s. 25 Dec 1732


Freeman of Norwich 1677/8 ; Member of Parliament (Tory) for Norwich 1678-81; Recorder of Norwich 1683-81; High Steward of Great Yarmouth 1684; Captain of a Troop of Horse 1685; Treasurer of the Household 1686/7-88; Joint Lord lieutenant of Wiltshire 1688' charged with high treason and imprisoned in the Tower of London 1690 and 1692; Vice Admiral of Norfolk 1719


On the death of the 2nd Earl of Yarmouth all his titles became extinct.


 First written 28 Mar 2003



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