HYDE, Lawrence I (d.1590), of West Hatch and Tisbury, Wilts. and Gussage St. Michael, Dorset.

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

s. of Robert Hyde of Norbury, Cheshire by his 2nd or 3rd w. Katherine, da. of one Boydell of Pulcroft, Cheshire. m. (1) Mary, da. of William Hartgill of Kilmington, Som. (now Wilts.), 1s. d.v.p.; (2) c.1559, Anne, da. of Nicholas Sibell of Farningham, Kent, wid. of Matthew Colthurst of Claverton, Som., 6s. inc. Henry, Lawrence II, Nicholas and Robert 4da.1

Offices Held

Clerk in auditor’s office of the Exchequer ?temp. Henry VIII; commr. for chantries, Wilts. and Salisbury 1548; auditor to Earl of Hertford ?by 1552, certainly by 1569; surveyor crown lands, Som. by 1575; ?j.p. Dorset and/or Wilts. c.1589.2


‘Brought into Wiltshire under the patronage of Sir John Thynne', who had employed him in some unspecified business during the period of about a year when Hyde was an Exchequer clerk, Hyde became concerned with the survey of chantries under Protector Somerset, cooperating with Thynne in August 1548 in a £2,700 purchase of former church property in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, the West Riding of Yorkshire and London. The wording of the patent suggests that Thynne was the real beneficiary, but he may have used his influence with the Duke of Somerset to get another grant, this time in Hyde’s name alone, in the following year. For a payment of some £1,250 Hyde received lands in Bymerton, Milton and other Wiltshire parishes, together with houses in Salisbury, and small properties in Somerset, Derbyshire and Kent. Before the end of Edward VI’s reign he also bought an estate at Gussage St. Michael, Dorset. It may have been through Thynne also that he entered the service of the Seymours. How long he remained auditor to Sir Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford, is not known: in November 1572 he wrote apologizing for not waiting on his master because he was ‘very much subject to the rheum and the stone’ and ‘utterly unable to make any long journeys’.3

For a short time he held in right of his wife the lease of Wardour castle, Wiltshire. In 1569, writing to Thynne about his tenancy there, which was soon due to expire, and about other leases in Wiltshire and Somerset, he added that he was trying to get the fee simple of lands

in these west parts ... because I would be glad to plant mine issue in this country to live with that little that I have provided quietly, and not be driven from post to pillar as I have been.

His second wife brought him ‘a fair fortune’, mainly in Wiltshire lands, left to her by her previous husband. Hyde finally established himself as a landowner in the county by buying, about 1570, the manor of West Hatch, with property in Tisbury. For the subsidy of 1576 he was assessed on £20 in lands.4

A ‘foreigner’ by birth, Hyde held no Wiltshire county office until late in life—if indeed he was ever on the commission of the peace—though in 1564 the bishop of Salisbury recommended that as a ‘furtherer of sound religion’ he should be made a justice