HOOD, Thomas, of Leominster, Herefs.
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Family and Education
Thomas may have been the son of John Hood I* of Leominster, and was certainly related to John II*. At the Leominster elections to the Parliament of November 1414 he found mainprise for the appearance of William Colle, and in the course of the next 40 years he was often one of the dozen or so burgesses who attested the borough’s indentures of return, doing so in 1417, May 1421, 1427, 1429, 1433, 1435, 1437, February and November 1449 and 1452. When precisely in Henry V’s reign is not known, but during the King’s absence from England and one of the wardenships of the duke of Bedford, the latter was petitioned by Hood and Thomas Turball, another Leominster man, to the effect that, at sessions of the peace held at Hereford, they had been ordered to enquire into crimes committed in the county, but that one of those indicted of felony as a result of their findings, William Croft, had so menaced them that, as they claimed, they did not dare leave Leominster even to obtain sustenance. In November 1433, described alternatively as merchant, husbandman and yeoman, Hood took out a royal pardon of his outlawry for failing to appear in the court of King’s bench to answer pleas, brought by, among others, William Hakluyt of Eaton near Leominster and two Leicestershire men, for recovery of debts amounting to £38 6s.8d.
C219/11/4, 12/2, 5, 13/3, 5, 14/1, 4, 5, 15/1, 6, 7; SC8/306/15292, 307/15301; CPR, 1429-36, p. 310.