MANNOCK, Henry (by 1526-64), of London; Haddenham, Cambs. and Hemingford Grey, Hunts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Nov. 1554

Family and Education

b. by 1526. m. by 1547, Margaret, da. of Sir John Mundy of London, wid. of Nicholas Jennings (d.1532) of Preston, Lancs. and London and of one Howard, 1s. 1da.; 1da. illegit.1

Offices Held

J.p. Surr. 1547, Hunts. 1554-58/59, q. 1561-d.; commr. chantries, Cambs., Hunts. 1548, relief, Surr. 1550, pensions, Hunts. 1552; surveyor, ct. augmentations, Hunts. by 1552-4, Exchequer 1554-d.; escheator, Cambs. and Hunts. 1560-1.2


Henry Mannock’s parentage has not been traced. There seems to be no reason to connect him with the namesake who was executed in 1541 for misconduct with Catherine Howard. His eventual domicile in Fenland suggests an East Anglian origin, but he was to marry a London widow and the occasional spelling of his name as Monoux may imply his kinship with George Monoux, draper and lord mayor.3

Unless he was the Henry Mannock appointed a captain at Calais in 1544, Mannock is first met with in 1547 as a justice of the peace for Surrey, where he held the manor of Vanne in Godalming in right of his wife. By 1549 he had acquired property in Hemingford Grey, being assessed there towards the relief of that year but paying his contribution in Billingsgate ward, London. He presumably owed his election for Huntingdonshire to the third Marian Parliament chiefly to his official position, although he was friendly with his fellow-knight and neighbour William Lawrence II. Unlike Lawrence, Mannock quitted the Parliament prematurely without licence and for this offence he was informed against in the King’s bench during Easter term 1555: a writ of venire facias was sent to the sheriff, but no further process was taken against him. He was not compromised by this episode, although he did not sit in Parliament again.