HICKMAN, Henry (d.1618), of Northampton.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

Yr. s. of Anthony Hickman, merchant, of London and Woodford, Essex by Rose, da. of Sir William Locke, mercer, of London. educ. ?St. Paul’s; St. John’s, Camb. 1565, BA 1569, fellow 1571, MA 1572, senior fellow 1581, LLD 1584; incorp. Oxf. 1572. adv. Doctors’ Commons 1595. m. 8 Apr. 1601, Anne, da. of Richard Wallop of Bugbrooke, Northants., wid. of one Eccleston, of Eccleston, Lancs., 1s. 2da.

Offices Held

Proctor, Camb. 1584; chancellor, diocese of Peterborough 1587; j.p.q. Northants. by 1592; freeman, Northampton 1601; master in Chancery 1602-16; commr. charitable uses, Northants. 1603.


Hickman’s parents were Marian exiles. His mother, in extreme old age, wrote her reminiscences of the persecution. Hickman himself, after a distinguished career at Cambridge, became a civil lawyer. While at St. John’s College in 1573, he and other fellows drew up a list of accusations against their master, and were successful in having him replaced. Hickman played the leading character in (indeed may have been the author of) the comedy Hymenaeus, acted there in 1579. In the following year the college put on Dr. Legge’s Latin play about Richard III, Hickman playing the part of Henry, Earl of Richmond. In 1601 Hickman requested the Northampton corporation to return him at the forthcoming election. The assembly noted that he was ‘well acquainted with the state