HOGAN (HUGGEN, HUGGINS), William (by 1524-88 or later), of Hampton Court, Mdx.

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 1524, 2nd s. of Robert Hogan of East Bradenham, Norf. by Bridget, da. of Sir Richard Fowler of Hambleden, Bucks. and Rycote, Oxon.; bro. of Thomas. educ. Trinity Hall, Camb. c.1534; L. Inn, adm. 22 May 1538.1

Offices Held

Keeper of gardens and stills, Hampton Court honor Feb. 1561-June 1588.2


William Hogan and his brothers Thomas and Anthony were among the scholars of Trinity Hall who wrote to Cromwell in defence of one of their number against an imputation of treason; he left Cambridge without taking a degree and entered Lincoln’s Inn just a year before his elder brother. Nothing has come to light about him between then and 1555, when he was elected to the fourth of Mary’s Parliaments. On the election indenture his name was inserted in a different hand from that of the document. Like his brother Thomas, who sat in the same Parliament for Shoreham, he must have owed his return to either the 4th Duke of Norfolk or Norfolk’s father-in-law the 12th Earl of Arundel; his brother may have been already in Norfolk’s service and his uncle John Fowler was a servant of the earl. Unlike his brother, his uncle Fowler and his brother-in-law John Appleyard, Hogan does not appear on the list of Members who followed Sir Anthony Kingston’s lead in opposing one of the government’s bills.3

Hogan was styled ‘the Queen’s servant’ when he received his only known appointment in 1561. It was from Hampton Court that he wrote in 1564 to Cecil about his ‘brother’ Appleyard’s privateering activities, and Appleyard was visiting him there two years later when approached to ‘stir some matter’ against the Earl of Leicester in connexion with Amy Robsart’s death. Hogan was himself questioned in the matter but does not seem to have been compromised. In May 1565 he received a grant of concealed lands to the value of 20 marks for the purpose of paying his debts; he accordingly transferred these lands 15 months later to Francis Barker, a Merchant Taylor. It was perhaps in expectation of a further grant that in 1567 he carried into Berkshire articles for an examination into concealed lands there. His resignation of his office at Hampton Court on 28 June 1588 is the last reference found to him.4

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: R. J.W. Swales


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from admission to Lincoln’s Inn. Vis. London (Harl. Soc. i), 32; (cix, cx, 39; LP Hen. VIII, vii.
  • 2. CPR, 1560-3, pp. 182-3.
  • 3. C219/24/161.
  • 4. SP12/34, ff. 11, 20; 42, ff. 106v-110; HMC Hatfield, i. 350-1; CPR, f. 1563-6, pp. 474-7.