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  • ID: I04280
  • Name: Thomas de HOGHTON , Sir 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1540 in Hoghton Tower, Preston, Lancashire, England
  • Death: 21 NOV 1589 in Killed in an affray at Lea Hall 1 3
  • Note:
    3rd son of Richard. Killed in an affray at Lea. [Burke's Peerage]


    The following is from "The Pedigree of de Hoghton of Hoghton Tower",
    Visitors Information Brochure (nice place to visit):

    Thomas Hoghton 1581-1589, Sheriff of Lancashire 1563. Slain at Lea 1589. His widow subsequently married Sir Richard Sherbourne of Stonyhurst. Held 10 windmills, 20 watermills, 400 cottages and 800 messuages and 16,000 acres.


    The PBS/BBC television show on the early years of William Shakespeare (26 Apr 1564 - 23 Apr 1616) stated that he very probably spent several years in his late teens, just after leaving Stratford upon Avon, at Hoghton Tower in Preston, Lancashire. Thomas Hoghton would have been lord of the manor at that time. On the show the current Baronet of Hoghton showed the family diary of the period where a "William Shakeshaft" (notice the synonym for spear) was entered as being a member of the staff serving as a tutor for the children. The show stated that part of the reason for him being there was that one of William's teachers at Stratford worked for the Hoghton family; also that William was raised as a Catholic and the Hoghtons were very committed Catholics. In a tour of Hoghton Towerr that I took, we were shown a "priest hole" where the priest would be hidden in case the premises were searched.


    The following, which gives his name as Richard instead of Thomas, is from 'The Barony of Newton in Makerfield', VCH Lancashire I:366-75:

    Thomas Langton, styled baron of Newton, great grandson of Ralph, was made a Knight of the Bath at the coronation of James I. In 1589 he was concerned in a fatal affray at Lea Hall, when eighty of his tenants and servants engaged with thirty tenants and servants of the owner of that place, Richard Hoghton of Hoghton Tower, esq., in an attempt to recover cattle seized by Mr. Hoghton, and as a result of other mutual provocations. Mr. Hoghton was unfortunately slain, and although no jury could be empanelled to try the indictment preferred against Sir Thomas and his accomplices for murder, the latter was in the end constrained to alienate his manor of Walton-in-le-Dale to the murdered man's representatives for the sake of peace ; in whose descendant it remains vested at this day.

    Father: Richard de HOGHTON , MP, Sheriff Lancashire b: ABT 1498 in Lea Hall, Preston, Lancashire, England
    Mother: Elizabeth MORLEY b: ABT 1503 in Morley, Lancashire, England

    Marriage 1 Anne KIGHLEY b: 1549 in Inskip, St Michael-on-Wyre, Lancashire, England
    • Married: ABT 1567 in England
    1. Has Children Richard de HOGHTON , 1st Baronet, MP, Sir b: SEP 1570 in Hoghton Tower, Preston, Lancashire, England

    1. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 789
    2. Title: VCH - Lancashire, vol I, William Farrer, 1861-1924:. URL:
      Page: 366-75
      Text: names him Richard instead of Thomas
    3. Title: VCH - Lancashire, vol I, William Farrer, 1861-1924:. URL:
      Page: 366-75
      Text: 1589
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