HOBSON, James (d.c.1583), of Hastings and Fairlight, Suss.

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 Hobson (d.c.1557) of Shepley by his w. ?Julian Hareward. m. (1) Joan, da. of Arnold Champion of Godalming, Surr., 1s. Thomas d.v.p.; (2) Ellen Stant, s.p.; (3) Anne, da. of Henry Stokes, 2s. 4da.

Offices Held

Bailiff, Hastings c.1547, dep. bailiff c.1549; Cinque Ports bailiff to Yarmouth 1549, 1557; brodhull rep. at least seven times 1546-58; commr. sewers from 1554.


By 1544 Hobson was able to give £6 13s. to a benevolence, the highest contribution from the town. No information about his calling has been found, and no records survive about any parliamentary activity. He or his father speculated in chantry lands in Sussex, mainly in the Hastings and Shepley districts, and Hobson had also property at Westfield and Icklesham. Hobson made his will in December 1581, proved in October 1583. He left bequests to his two surviving sons, John and James, and to a grandson, also James. The two unmarried daughters received £50 each.

Vis. Suss. (Harl. Soc. liii), 70; PCC 44 Wrastley, 5 Butts; Cinque Ports white bk. ff. 236, 237, 239, 241, 245, 252, 256; Suss. Arch. Colls. xiv. 82; xl. 124; Suss. Rec. Soc. xxxvi. 32, 34; xlvii. 111; CPR, 1554-5, p. 108; 1560-3, p. 466.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge