HONYCHURCH, William (by 1489-1530/31), of Tavistock, Devon and 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 1489, s. of Walter Honychurch of Tavistock by Marion, da. of John Fitz of Tavistock. educ. L. Inn, adm. 20 July 1503. m. by 1510, Emma, da. of John Coles of North Tawton, Devon, 3s. 2da.2

Offices Held

Pens. L. Inn 1519-20, bencher May 1520, keeper of Black Bk. 1522, treasurer 1526-7, Lent reader 1528.

Commr. subsidy, Devon 1514, 1515; j.p. 1529-?d.3


The family of Honychurch doubtless originated at the village of that name near North Tawton and may have retained a connexion with the district before William Honychurch found a wife there. By his day, however, at least two generations of his forbears had prospered at Tavistock: his grandfather John had represented the borough in Parliament in 1453 and 1478, and his father Walter had buttressed the family’s position by marrying in