HAKLUYT, Thomas.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
Available from Boydell and Brewer



Family and Education

?s. of Thomas Hakluyt of Eyton in Leominster, Herefs. (d.1544), clerk of the council in the marches of Wales, by his 2nd w. Catherine, da. of Thomas Trentham of Shrewsbury, Salop; ?half-bro. of Richard Hakluyt. ?m.Mary, da., and coh. of John or Thomas Lochard of Greet, Salop, 1s. d.v.p.at least 2da.1

Offices Held


The Hakluyt pedigrees are confused and fragmentary and no definite identification of this Member has been made. The best known man of this name, seated at Eton Gamage, Herefordshire, who was aged about 26 in 1559, had property in Leominster, but it is more likely that the 1559 Member was a relative, the father or half-brother of the Eleanor Hakluyt who married Thomas Coningsby I, his colleague for Leominster in 1559.2

The only reference to Hakluyt of Eyton in the Leominster records concerns a £4 fine which he was ordered to pay in 1563, and again the following year, for not throwing open a common in Lammas Fields. About 1570 he was involved in ‘divers riotous proceedings’ during which he forcibly expelled John Adams, who claimed to be deputy steward of Leominster, and held the manor court himself. Adams complained to the Privy Council: no result of his petition has been found.3

The date of Hakluyt’s death is unknown. The nuncupative will proved in April 1596 is that of the other Thomas.4

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge


  • 1. Add. 19815, ff. 25-6, 40; Harl. 1434, ff. 8, 9, 32; C. J. Robinson, Herefs. Manors, 174n; PCC 7 Pynnyng. This will, of the clerk to the council in the marches, mentions a first (unnamed) wife by whom he had 4da. inc. Eleanor, and states that his 2nd w. Catherine, also had several children, presumably by him. These children, who are unnamed, may have included the younger Thomas of Eyton. A further difficulty is that Mary Lochard may have married either the clerk to the council or the younger Thomas. Add. 19815, f. 26 reads: ‘Eleanor, wife of Thomas Coningsby, was da. of Thomas Hackluyt, esq., and Mary his wife ... da. and coh. of John Lochard ... Thomas ... and Mary had issue Richard, who died without issue, so then Eleanor became one of the coheirs of the said Mary’.
  • 2. C142/56/49, 89; 215/260; Vis. Herefs. ed. Weaver, 37; PCC 17 Windsor; Add. and Harl. mss, loc. cit.
  • 3. G. F. Townsend, Leominster, 324-5; SP12/75/62.
  • 4. PCC 17 Windsor.