HOLWEY (OLWEY), Clement (by 1469-1517), of Hythe, Kent.

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 1469, yr. s. of Clement Holwey of Hythe. m. Alice, 1s. 3da.2

Offices Held

Jurat, Hythe 1501-d., bailiff 1504; commr. subsidy 1514; bailiff to Yarmouth 1500.3


Under his father’s will of July 1490 Clement Holwey received an annuity of 40s. payable by his brother from the date of their mother’s death. Although evidently a younger son, he seems already to have had a house of his own, paying his contribution to the borough chamberlains in the east ward of the town, while Clement Holwey senior was assessed in the west ward. In 1492-3 the son was one of the assessors for the east ward and in 1500-1 a collector there of this local tax.4

Holwey first attended the Brotherhood of the Cinque Ports in 1495. He appeared again in the delegation from Hythe in 1500 and 1501 and from that time, when he first became a jurat of Hythe, went almost every year until his death. In 1509 he was one of the representatives of Hythe at Henry VIII’s coronation. As one of the town’s Members in the Parliament of 1512 he was probably returned to its successor of 1515 in deference to the King’s request for the re-election of the previous Members.5

By his will of 19 Mar. 1517 Holwey left a life-interest in all his lands and tenements to his wife provided that she did not marry again. She was to provide for the education of his son Thomas up to the age of 24 when he was to receive the vessels of Holwey’s brewhouse and the income from some of the property. Holwey left £13 6s.8d. each to his two unmarried daughters and £3 6s.8d. to a married one. He named his wife executrix and John Honywood overseer: one of Holwey’s daughters later married Thomas Hales, whose sister Mildred was the wife of Honywood’s son and namesake. The will was proved on 6 May 1517.6

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: Helen Miller


  • 1. Add. 34150, f. 136.
  • 2. Date of birth estimated from first reference. Arch. Cant. l. 97-98.
  • 3. Hythe chamberlains’ accts. 1483-1509, ff. 85 seq.; Cinque Ports White and Black Bks. (Kent Arch. Soc. recs. br. xix), 126-7, 129, 131-2, 137-63 passim; LP Hen. VIII, i.
  • 4. Arch. Cant. l. 97; Hythe chamberlains’ accts. 1483-1509, ff. 30, 36v, 60.
  • 5. Cinque Ports White and Black Bks. 119-63 passim; Hythe chamberlains’ accts. 1483-1509, f. 101.
  • 6. Arch. Cant. l. 97-98; Vis. Kent (Harl. Soc. lxiv), 56.