HIPPISLEY, John (by 1530-70), of Cameley, Som. and the Middle Temple, London.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1530, s. and h. of John Hippisley of Ston Easton, by Agnes Alleyn of East Cranmore. educ. M. Temple. m. by 1554, Mary, da. and h. of Thomas Flower of Egham, Surr., 1s. 1da. suc. fa. 6 June 1558.1

Offices Held

Bencher, M. Temple 1567, Autumn reader 1567, assistant Lent 1568.

J.p. Som. 1558/59 or later, q. 1561-d.; counsellor to Wells from 1563.2


On his father’s death John Hippisley inherited a house at Ston Easton but he and his wife continued to live at Cameley which they had bought early in their marriage. As a lawyer with chambers in the Temple Hippisley took little interest in west-country affairs before obtaining his inheritance, save for his return for Bridport to the last Parliament of Mary’s reign. His Membership in 1558 was presumably sponsored by William Pole, a colleague at the Temple who had sat for Bridport earlier. Of Hippisley’s part in the House all that is known is that his name is one of a group marked with a circle on the list of Members in use for the second session: the significance of the annotation has yet to be explained. Put on the bench by Elizabeth and returned for Wells in 1563 he made his will three years later and died in 1570.3

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: Helen Miller


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from age at fa.’s i.p.m., C142/115/53. Vis. Som. ed. Weaver, 114-15; ECP, x. 53; C142/158/39.
  • 2. Wells act bk. 3, f. 48v.
  • 3. Wards 9/139/377; C1/1416/16; 142/115/53, 138/39; 193/32/2; Wm. Salt Lib. SMS 264; PCC 26 Holney.