WILKINSON, Thomas (by 1477-1535/37), of Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorks.

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 1477. m. (1) Margaret; (2) Alice; (3) Elizabeth; at least 2da. prob. by 1st w.3

Offices Held

Chamberlain, Kingston-upon-Hull 1498-9, sheriff 1501-2, mayor 1507-8, 1520-1, 1527-8; commr. gaol delivery 1508, 1509, 1511, subsidy 1512, 1515, 1523, 1524.4


A draper by trade, Thomas Wilkinson was among the substantial townsmen of Hull who were assessed in 1524 for subsidy at £20 or more. Elected to the Parliament of 1512 after having served his first mayoralty, he was re-elected to its successor in accordance with the King’s request for the return of the previous Members and may have sat again in 1523, when the names of the Hull Members are lost. In 1532 he conveyed four houses in Kirk Lane (where he had acquired a tenement in 1507) to the corporation as endowment for a chantry, but the will in which he confirmed this arrangement was not drawn up until 7 May 1535 or proved until 3 Oct. 1537. He asked to be buried in the south aisle of Holy Trinity church beside his first wife. To his third wife Elizabeth he left a life interest in the property destined to support the chantry and made her executrix and residuary legatee. The overseers were his sons-in-law Thomas Dalton and William Knowles, both prominent residents of Hull and the first the father of the Marian Member of the same name.5

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: M. K. Dale


  • 1. Kingston-upon-Hull chamberlains’ roll 3 Hen. VIII.
  • 2. Ibid. 6 Hen. VIII.
  • 3. Date of birth estimated from first certain reference. York wills 11, f. 259.
  • 4. L. M. Stanewell, Cal. Anct. Deeds, Kingston-upon-Hull, M479(56); T. Gent, Kingston-upon-Hull (1735), 106, 108, 109; CPR, 1494-1509, pp. 560, 580, 628; LP Hen. VIII, i, iii, iv; Statutes, iii. 85, 175.
  • 5. Stanewell, D491-2, 558-9; VCH Yorks. (E. Riding) , i. 159, 288; J. Tickell, Kingston-upon-Hull (1798), 801n; York wills 11, f. 259.