HAY, William (1594-1664), of Little Horsted, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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c. Jan. 1641

Family and Education

b. Dec. 1594, 2nd s. of John Hay (d.1605), counsellor at law, of Gray’s Inn and Hurstmonceaux by 1st w. Mary, da. of William Morley of Glynde; bro. of Herbert Hay. educ. Clare and Pembroke, Camb. 1612. m. Susan (d.1640), da. of Barnaby Hodgson, yeoman, of Framfield, Suss., 4s. 2da.1

Offices Held

Commr. for sequestration, Suss. 1643, assessment 1643-52, 1657, Jan. 1660-1, defence 1643, execution of ordinances 1644, militia 1648, 1659, Mar. 1660, j.p. 1644-d.; commr. for sewers, rapes of Lewes and Pevensey 1659, Sept. 1660.2

Councillor of State 1651-2.3


Hay’s grandfather was the first mayor of Hastings, but the family became of political importance only through their connexion with the Morley family, in which Hay and his brother, who sat for Arundel as a recruiter, were brought up. Hay bought the manor of Little Horsted in 1627, took the parliamentary side in the Civil War, and conformed after Pride’s Purge. He was re-elected in 1660 at Rye, no doubt on the combined interests of his cousin