HOGAN (HUGGEN, HUGGINS), Thomas (by 1521-86), of East Bradenham, Norf.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1521, 1st s. of Robert Hogan of East Bradenham by Bridget, da. of Sir Richard Fowler of Hambleden, Bucks. and Rycote, Oxon.; bro. of William. educ. Trinity Hall, Camb. c.1534; L. Inn, adm. 13 May 1539. m. (1) by 1548, Susan, 2s. 2da.; (2) Anne, da. of one Goddard, ?s.p. suc. fa. 4 Mar. 1547.1

Offices Held

Receiver, Exchequer, Hunts., Norf., Norwich ?1559-71; j.p. Norf. 1569-d.; sheriff 1585-d.2


Thomas Hogan came from a prosperous and well-connected family. He was sent to Cambridge with his two brothers William and Anthony, but he entered Lincoln’s Inn in 1539 before taking a degree. In that year it was confidently rumoured that he was to marry Anne, the 16 year-old daughter and coheir of Sir Edward Echingham of Norfolk, but this marriage did not take place and the identity of his first wife remains unknown. After the 3rd Duke of Norfolk’s attainder Henry VIII proposed that his ‘servant’ Thomas Hogan should purchase Okinghall manor and other Howard lands in East Anglia, a transaction which was completed in 1550: what Hogan’s position was in the royal service has not been discovered, but in 1551 he was one of the gentlemen who accompanied the Garter mission to France. The lands forfeited by Norfolk were quickly disposed of, but in April 1550 the Council ordered the grant to Hogan of a 21-year lease of the manor and iron mill of Sheffield, Sussex, which had come to the crown on the attainder of Admiral Seymour. Although in the late 1540s he had sold some of his inheritance Hogan acquired other properties including Panworth Hall in Norfolk.3

Hogan may have owed his return for Shoreham (where his name and that of his fellow Francis Shirley are inserted in the indenture in a different hand from that of the document) either to the direct patronage of the young 4th Duke of Norfolk, whose service he had certainly entered by the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign, or to the influence of his uncle John Fowler with the 12th Earl of Arundel, who had recently become the duke’s father-in-law. He was among the Members who followed Sir Anthony Kingston’s lead in opposing one of the government’s bills, as were his uncle Fowler and his brother-in-law John Appleyard but not his brother William Hogan who had been returned for Horsham, presumably through the same patronage as Thomas at Shoreham. Hogan was to owe his two further elections to the Duke of Norfolk and doubtless also his appointment to the county bench. He survived the duke’s fall, however, and was pricked sheriff shortly before his own death on 7 Mar. 1586.4

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: R. J.W. Swales


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from age at fa.’s i.p.m., C142/85/14. Vis London. (Harl. Soc. i), 32; (cix, cx), 39; LP Hen. VIII, vii; CPR, 1547-8, p. 372; PCC 42 Alen, 56 Windsor.
  • 2. Lansd. 4, ff. 58v, 126v; 58, f. 158; CPR, 1560-3, p. 32; 1569-72, p. 208; A. H. Smith, County and Ct. 353.
  • 3. LP Hen. VIII, vi, vii, xi, xiv, xviii; PCC 28 Porch; CPR, 1547-8 pp. 338, 372, 374; 1549-51, pp. 321, 332, 354; 1553, p. 74; 1553-4, p. 4; APC, ii. 382, 425; iii. 271; SP10/19, f. 35v.
  • 4. C219/24/162; Guildford mus. Loseley 1331/2; Smith, 32, 37, 38.