HULL, Thomas (by 1528-75/76), of Devizes, Wilts.
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b. 1528. m. 5s. 1da.2
Mayor, Devizes 1554-5, dep. mayor in Oct. 1557, 1560.3
Thomas Hull was a clothier who was presumably born in Devizes, since he asked to be buried near his father in St. Mary’s church there. He first appears when assessed for subsidy in the parish of St. John’s in 1549; his goods were then valued at £20, but only at £12 in 1553, £8 in 1560 and £6 in 1571. The decline is probably to be explained by the acquisition of property outside the town, for Hull was styled a gentleman when informed against in the King’s bench in 1555 and a ‘clothman, late of Devizes’, when he sued out a pardon in 1559. He must none the less have continued to spend much time there as he remained active in its affairs in the 1560s. Quarrels occurred between Hull and three prominent townsmen in 1559-60, one of them being over the unsuitability for office of one John Burd.4
Hull’s own term of office as mayor expired at Michaelmas 1555 so that he must have attended Mary’s third Parliament during its early months. It was for his allege