AGLIONBY, Hugh (by 1521-52/54), of London.

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

b. by 1521, poss. s. of Edward Aglionby I of Carlisle, Cumb. m. by May 1550, Anne, at least 1s. Thomas 1da.1

Offices Held

Comptroller of the mint 8 Mar. 1542-25 Mar. 1544; clerk of the council to Queen Catherine Parr by Sept. 1544, sec. by 8 Aug. 1548.2


Although Hugh Aglionby came from the family of that name living at Carlisle his parentage has not been established. His return by the city in 1545 during the shrievalty of Edward Aglionby I lends colour to the possibility that he was Edward’s son, but he presumably owed his election there as much to his clerkship of Catherine Parr’s council as to his kinship with the sheriff. Apart from his Membership and the outlines of his public career little has come to light about Aglionby. His appointment at the mint was perhaps favoured by the 3rd Duke of Norfolk as treasurer since several of his relatives had commended themselves to Norfolk during the duke’s time in the north; on the mint’s re-organisation he lost the comptrollership, being compensated with an annuity of £20 and a place in the service of Catherine Parr, who shared his northern origin. He later succeeded Walter Butler as the Queen’s secretary and after her death Edward VI granted him and his wife in survivorship an annuity of £30. As a member of the Queen’s household he was assessed towards the subsidy in 1545 on lands worth £40, but how he came by his property or where it lay has not been discovered, although a link with the Glasier family, later strengthened by the marriage of Elizabeth Aglionby with William Glasier, is suggestive of Cheshire. Aglionby was still alive in 1552, when the commissioners for the royal revenue listed an annuity of £50 granted to him by Henry VIII, but was dead by 15 June 1554 when Queen Mary renewed his £20 annuity in his widow’s name. His widow is last traced in 1568 when she obtained the manor of East Mersea in Essex from the crown.3

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: P. S. Edwards


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from first reference. CPR, 1549-51, p. 315; 1553-4, p. 273; CP 40/1142, r. 694.
  • 2. LP Hen. VIII, xvii, xix; Brit. Numismatic Jnl. xlv. 59; E315/161, f. 97, 479, f. 1.
  • 3. J. Craig, The Mint, 113; LP Hen. VIII, xix; C. E. Challis, Tudor Coinage, 85-86; Lansd. 156(28), ff. 101-2; CPR, 1549-51, p. 315; 1553-4, p. 273; 1566-9, p. 264; E179/69/47, 48; 405/115, m. 1; C1/1226/15; Add. 30198; Rep. Roy. Comm. of 1552 (Archs. Brit. hist. and culture iii), 24.