HALL, Henry (d.1620), of York.

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

5th s. of Michael Hall of Leventhorpe, Yorks. by Elizabeth, da. of Robert Claxton of Burnhall, co. Dur. educ. ?Trinity, Camb. 1561; ?G. Inn 1565. m. (1) Alice, da. of James Birkby by Beatrix, da. of John Copley of Batley, 2s. 3da.; (2) 2 Sept. 1599, Mary, da. of Alderman William Beckwith of York, wid. of Thomas Smithson and of Leonard Belt.

Offices Held

Freeman, York 1575; member, York merchant adventurers 1578, gov. 1592-4; chamberlain, York 1581-2, sheriff 1586-7, alderman 1598, ld. mayor 1600-1, 1610-11.


Hall was a nephew of Ralph Hall. He belonged to the small group of rich and locally important York merchants who played a leading part in civic affairs. He was one of the merchants who were trading through the Sound before 1579, contributed £20 to the Queen’s loan in 1590 and acquired a certain amount of landed property. He is not known to have taken an active part in the 1601 Parliament, although he may have attended the committees to which the citizens of York were appointed concerning the order of business (3 Nov.), the clothworkers bill (18 Nov.) and silk weavers (10 Dec.).

He died in 1620, being buried 12 Apr. at All Hallows, Pavement, York, near his first wife.

Dugdale’s Vis. Yorks. ed. Clay, i. 210, 212; York City Lib. Skaife mss; York Freemen (Surtees Soc. cii), 16; Drake, Eboracum, 365; York Mercers (Surtees Soc. cxxix), 202, 324; J.J. Cartwright, Chapters in Yorks. Hist. 372; Yorks. Fines (Yorks. Arch. Soc. rec. ser. viii), 59, 168; (xxxii), 40; (liii), 20; D’Ewes, 624, 642, 676; York Wills (Yorks. Arch. Soc. rec. ser. xxxii), 40.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N.M.S.