HIPPISLEY, John (c.1530-70), of the Middle Temple, London and Cameley and Ston Easton, Som.

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.1530, 1st s. of John Hippisley of Ston Easton by Agnes Alleyn of East Cranmore, Som. educ. M. Temple c.1550, called, bencher 1567. m. Mary, da. and h. of Thomas Flower of Egham, Surr., 1s. 1da. suc. fa. June 1558.

Offices Held

J.p. Som. from 1559, q. 1564; freeman, Wells 1562, of counsel to Wells from 1563; Autumn reader and bencher, M. Temple 1567.


Hippisley was a lawyer and substantial Somerset landowner. He and his wife jointly purchased Cameley, and he inherited from his family the manor of Ston Easton and other lands at Bruton, purchased from the Crown in 1544. He was returned to the 1563 Parliament by both Wootton Bassett (presumably through a connexion with the Thynne family) and Wells, opting for the latter. After the conclusion of the session, in September 1563 he was granted an annuity for giving counsel to the city. He died 12 Aug. 1570. His heir was a minor and the overseers of his will were asked to purchase his wardship.

C142/115/53, 158/39; Burke, LG (1952), 1238; Vis. Som. ed. Weaver, 114; Early Chancery Proc. x. 53; LP Hen. VIII, xix(1), p. 500; Wards 9/139; Wells corp. act bk. 1553-1623, ff. 46, 48v; D’Ewes, 83; PCC 26 Holney.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Roger Virgoe