HAWLEY, James (d.c.1624), of Burston, nr. Brentford, Mdx.

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

s. of Jerome Hawley of Burston by Kynbery, da. of one Saunders. educ. M. Temple 1585, called ?by 1586. m. more than once, 4s. 2da.

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Hawley was the grandson of a Somerset gentleman and a first cousin of Francis Hawley. His father left Somerset to study at the Middle Temple, and later settled at Burston, becoming a clerk of the petty bag in Chancery and a Middlesex j.p. It is not clear how Hawley came to be returned at Andover, recently enfranchised through the influence of the Earl of Leicester. No connexion between Hawley and Leicester is known, and the Earl was in the Netherlands at the time of the election. Hawley may have secured the nomination through an intermediary, possibly William Fleetwood I, who knew his father, or an acquaintance at the Middle Temple, perhaps Edwin Sandys I.

Hawley, ‘sick in body’, made his will 2 Sept. 1622, leaving £150 to his son William, £200 each to his daughters Katherine and Susan, and £50 each to the three children of his ‘last wife’. The residue he left to his eldest son and sole executor, Jerome. He appointed as overseers his cousin Valentine Saunders, and his brothers William and Henry Hawley. The will was proved 4 May 1624.

Vis. Som. ed. Weaver, 113; M.T. Recs. i. 287; ii. 506; T. Wright, Elizabeth, ii. 242; PCC 42 Byrde.

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