John Malet (died 1644)

John Malet (c. 1573 - 10 April 1644) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons.

Malet was the son of Sir John Malet of Enmore, Somerset. He matriculated at the Balliol College, Oxford on 17 May 1588, aged 14 and was awarded BA on 28 January 1591. He succeeded his father in 1615.

In 1624, he was elected Member of Parliament for Bath in the Happy Parliament.[1] He was appointed High Sheriff of Somerset for 1636.

In 1638 he obtained a Commission under the Great Seal from King Charles II to improve the navigation on the River Tone. This granted him and his heirs sole navigation rights from Bridgwater to Ham Mills, and allowed him to improve the river at his own expense. He saw this as a philanthropic action, as it reduced the price of coal to the poor people of Taunton, as well as improving the transport infrastructure.[2]

He died in 1644 and was buried in Bath Abbey. He had married Ann, the daughter of Sir John Tracy of Toddington, Gloucestershire, with whom he had one son and four daughters. He was succeeded by his son, John.


  1. 'Alumni Oxonienses, 1500-1714: Mab-Marygold', Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 (1891), pp. 956-982. Date accessed: 5 May 2012
  2. Haskell, Tony (1994). By Waterway to Taunton. Somerset Books. pp. 1–2. ISBN 978-0-86183-260-6.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Robert Phelips
Robert Pye
Member of Parliament for Bath
With: Robert Pye
Succeeded by
Ralph Hopton
Edward Hungerford
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