Sir Paul Methuen 353
In 1692 he accompanied the embassy to Lisbon in the capacity of
secretary, and continued to fulfil the duties of that office for five
years, when he succeeded his father, whose services were required in
Ireland, as envoy. He remained at the court of Lisbon until 1705, when
he was accredited envoy to the court of Savoy, but upon the death of
his father in the next year, he returned to Portugal as ambassador-extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary. In 1709 he was appointed one of the lords of the Admiralty, from which, in 1714, he was transferred to the Treasury, and then sworn of the privy council. At this period he was sent ambassador to the King of Spain . In 1716 he was constituted principal secretary of state; in 1720 made
comptroller of the household; in 1725 installed a knight of the Bath ,
and the same year appointed treasurer of the household, which office
he resigned in 1730. Sir Paul died unmarried in 1757, when he was
interred near his father in Westminster Abbey, and his estates
devolved upon his cousin, Paul Methuen , esq. of Corsham.
Noted events in his life were:
1. Knighthood: 1725.