Amias Paulet

Amias Paulet

Sir Amias Paulet (1532 – September 26, 1588) was the son of Hugh Paulet and Philippa Pollard. His name is sometimes spelt 'Amyas'.

In 1559 he was made Lieutenant Governor of the Island of Jersey, one of the Channel Islands, his father being Governor. He kept this post until 1573. His father Hugh died in that year, and Paulet was then raised to his position as Governor, a post he held until his death.

In 1576 Queen Elizabeth raised him to knighthood, appointed him Ambassador to Paris and at the same time put the young Francis Bacon under his charge. Paulet was in this embassy until he was recalled November, 1579. In 1579, he took into his household, the young Jean Hotman, son of Francis Hotman, to tutor his two sons Anthony and George. When the family returned to England, the tutor and his two charges settled at Oxford.

In 1580 he was appointed Keeper of Mary Queen of Scots by Elizabeth, and remained her keeper until Mary's execution in 1587.

Paulet died in London on 26 September 1588 and was buried in the church of St Martin's-in-the-Fields. "When that church was rebuilt, his remains were removed, together with the monument, to the parish church of Hinton St. George" (DNB, XV, pg 527)




He married Margaret Harvey, and their son Anthony, succeeded his father as Governor of Jersey. By his wife, he had three sons and three daughters:
* Hugh (b. 1558), the eldest son, died before his father
* Anthony (b. 1562), was his father's heir
* George (b. 1565) by marriage with a distant cousin, Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Paulet, became the owner of Goathurst, in Somerset
* Joan married Robert Heyden of Bowood, Devonshire
* Sarah married Sir Francis Vincent of Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey
* Elizabeth died unmarried.

External links

* [ His portrait at the National Portrait Gallery]
*Genealogics name|id=00042734


*"Jersey Through the Centuries: A Chronology", Leslie Sinel, Jersey, 1984
*DNB, XV, pg 526-8

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