HALES, John (1648-1723), of the Inner Temple.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Oct. 1679

Family and Education

b. 2 Mar. 1648, 2nd s. of Sir Edward Hales, 2nd Bt., and bro. of Edward Hales II. educ. Univ. Coll. Oxf. 1664; G. Inn, entered 1664; I. Temple 1665, called 1673. unm.1

Offices Held

Bencher, I. Temple 1692, reader 1695, treas. 1705-6.


Hales was at University College under Obadiah Walker, but unlike his brothers, who did not enjoy the benefits of such tuition, he is not known to have become a Roman Catholic. A professional lawyer, he took the Shoreham seat originally intended for his brother on the Admiralty interest at the second election of 1679. Presumably, like his father and brother, he opposed exclusion, but no committee work can be definitely ascribed to him, and on 4 Jan. 1681 he was listed as a defaulter. Nevertheless he was re-elected, though not without a contest. He passed the remainder of his life in the safe obscurity of the Temple, where he was buried on 8 Oct. 1723.2

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: B. M. Crook


  • 1. Arch. Cant. xiv. 80.
  • 2. HMC Finch, ii. 56; PCC 61 Bolton; Temple Church Recs. 39.