HAYDON, Michael (c.1550-1618), of St. Bride's, London and Wanborough, 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

b. c.1550,1 s. of Thomas Haydon (d.1610), of Norcott Hill, nr. Tring, Herts. by his 1st w. Margery, da. of one Jacob alias Bredelaughe of Laxfield, Suff. educ. Trinity Coll. Camb. 1565, BA 1568, MA 1571; L. Inn 1572.2

Offices Held

Alnager and collector of the subsidy of woollen cloths and other new draperies for the city of London by 1604; surveyor of crown lands, Surr. by 1606.


Haydon belonged to the younger branch of a Hertfordshire family seated at Watford since at least the reign of Richard II. The head of the main branch of the family was sheriff of the county in 1583-4. Haydon’s own career is obscure, but by late in the century he had become associated with two prominent Sussex noblemen, Viscount Montagu and Lord Buckhurst. In February 1605 he was referred to by Buckhurst, now Earl of Dorset and lord treasurer, as his steward and the holder of an office ‘long since’. Perhaps it was Buckhurst who introduced Haydon to his son-in-law, Lord Montagu. At any rate Montagu was lord of the manor and borough of Midhurst, for which Haydon was returned to the last Parliament of the reign. By the time of his death Haydon was in possession of land in three Surrey parishes—Wanborough, Ash and Ripley—and in each case Lord Montagu owned the manor. The profits of office allowed Haydon to buy more land. At the turn of the century he and John Hersey bought the manor of Folkington, near Eastbourne, from Buckhurst, and in 1608 he acquired the manor of Clemsfold in the parish of Slinfold from Sir Edward Caryll, a prominent county gentleman. He may have inherited some property from his father, who must have been a very old man at his death in 1610. Haydon himself died 22 Oct. 1618, apparently in debt, though he owned three houses in Shoe Lane, London, as well as his property in Surrey, Sussex and Watford. There is no evidence that he ever married; administration of his property was granted to Richard Bellamy, son of his deceased sister Winifred.3

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: J.E.M.


  • 1. He was aged 22 at the time of the 1572 Visitation.
  • 2. Vis. Herts. (Harl. Soc. xxii), 12; Clutterbuck, Herts. i. 250.
  • 3. HMC Hatfield, xvi. 334; CSP Dom. 1603-10, pp. 215, 406; 1611-18, p. 606; Add. 1580-1625. p. 457; Lansd. 171, f. 397; VCH Surr. iii. 342, 366, 368, 374; Suss. Rec. Soc. xix. 106, 170; Clutterbuck, i. 270; C142/689/63.