HOLCROFT, Thomas I (d.1591), of Battersea, Surr.

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 Geoffrey Holcroft of The Hurst, Lancs. by Katherine, da. of John Hopwood of Hopwood, Lancs. educ. ?G. Inn 1543. m. Dec. 1568, Joan, da. and h. of Henry Roydon of Battersea, 2s.

Offices Held

Servant of Sir William Cecil 1550; bailiff, Westminster by 1576.


Holcroft was returned for Midhurst at the last minute in place of George Gascoigne, no doubt nominated by Viscount Montagu, the lord of the manor. He is not mentioned in the known surviving records of the House. In June 1590 the Privy Council was asked to intervene over his ‘hard and unconscionable dealing’ as bailiff of Westminster in withholding £20 Burghley had given him to pay for the use of a house there. He died in 1591 and was buried on 27 May at Battersea, where he was churchwarden. His widow married Oliver St. John III.

Rylands Eng. ms 311; J. G. Taylor, Our Lady of Batersey, 46; HMC Hatfield, xiii. 205-6; Lansd. 22, f. 118; 24, f. 196; 37, f. 10; 118, ff. 35-6; APC, xix. 247; CSP Dom. 1547-80, p. 444.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: J.E.M.