HICKES, Thomas, of Launceston, Cornw.

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 Thomas Hickes, mayor of Launceston. ?m. Jane, da. of John Callard of Callard, Devon, wid. of John Stone of Trevigo, Cornw.

Offices Held

Mayor, Launceston 1575-6, 1581-2, ?1589-90.1


A Thomas Hickes, tenant of the lands of Launceston priory, of which the borough of Newport formed a part, was mayor of Launceston in 1535-6 and again in 1555 when the town was granted its new charter. This man was born in 1487 and is unlikely to have entered Parliament for the first time at the age of 72. It is probable, therefore, that the 1559 MP was his son, about whom nothing has been ascertained. A Thomas Hickes, son of Digory Hickes, was buried at St. Thomas, Launceston, in February 1587, but this was probably the nephew of the 1559 Member.2

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Irene Cassidy


  • 1. Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 446; R. and O. B. Peter, Hist Launceston and Dunheved, 401-2.
  • 2. CPR, 1555-7, pp. 174-8; LP Hen. VIII, v. pp. 397-8; xxi(1), p. 633; A. L. Rowse, Tudor Cornw. 213; A. F. Robbins, Lauceston, 85, 86, 121-2.