WILCOCKS, Edward (d.1577), of Jacques Court, Lydd and New Romney, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

2nd s. of Ralph Wilcocks of Lydd and Wrotham by his w. Sybil; bro. of William. educ. ?Oxf. 1562. m. Susan ?Godfrey, 2da.

Offices Held

Jurat, New Romney by 1572, mayor 1574; brodhull rep. 1572.


Wilcocks shared the representation of New Romney in the 1572 Parliament with his elder brother. Neither of them lived long enough to see its conclusion. Their family played a role in Cinque Ports affairs for many years, and the monuments to several of its members are in the churchyard of St. Nicholas, New Romney.

Under his father’s will Edward received property in Lydd, Midley and Old Romney. The executors were to sell household and other goods to the value of £800 and use the money to buy more land. The overseer of the will was Sir John Baker of Sissinghurst. The lands acquired were to be administered for Edward until he attained his majority. Edward acquired the manor of Jacques Court, Lydd, from the Scotts of Scot’s Hall at an unknown date, and it is quite likely that this was the property bought with the £800. He died, in all probability, in January 1577, for his will was proved on the 22nd of that month. After providing for his wife, he divided his property between his daughters Joan and Sybil.

PCC 38 More; Hasted, Kent, viii. 429; Foster, Al. Ox. 1629; Cinque Ports black bk. f. 1; Vis. Kent (Harl. Soc. lxxv), 57; Kentish Wills, ed. Clarke, 80; L. Duncan, Monumental Inscriptions at Lydd, 46.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: M.R.P.


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.