HOPTON, Thomas (1584/5-1638), of Westminster

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010
Available from Cambridge University Press



Family and Education

b. 1584/5, 4th s. of Sir Arthur Hopton† of Blythburgh, Suff. and Witham Friary, Som. and Rachel, da. of Edmund Hall† of Gretford, Lincs.;1 bro. of Robert*. educ. Magdalen Hall, Oxf. 1602, aged 18; L. Inn 1607; travelled abroad 1611.2 m. lic. 20 Apr. 1622 (with £80), Elizabeth, da. of William Smythe of West Ham, Essex, s.p.3 kntd. 16 July 1633;4 d. bet. 18 July and 8 Aug. 1638.5

Offices Held

Gent. pens. by 1624-d.6


Although Hopton retained his chambers at Lincoln’s Inn while travelling abroad, he was never called to the bar.7 More interested in the Court than the law, he married the sister of a yeoman of the guard in 1622, and subsequently became a gentleman pensioner. In the same year, his brothers acquired an interest in the rectory at Westbury, Wiltshire, the borough for which he was returned to the Commons in 1626.8 Despite his Court connections, he played no recorded part in the debates of the session. It is not known whether he stood in 1628, when he was replaced by a local man, Charles Thynne.

Hopton was knighted in 1633 during King Charles’s visit to Scotland. He dictated a nuncupative will on 18 July 1638, leaving everything to his nephew (Sir) Ralph Hopton*, who was granted probate three weeks later.9

Ref Volumes: 1604-1629

Author: John. P. Ferris


  • 1. Vis. Som. (Harl. Soc. xi), 57.
  • 2. Al. Ox.; LI Admiss.; LI Black Bks. ii. 141.
  • 3. London Mar. Lic. ed. J. Foster, 709; PROB 11/116, f. 247.
  • 4. Shaw, Knights of Eng. ii. 201.
  • 5. Som. Wills ed. F. Brown, vi. 52.
  • 6. E179/70/131; E407/1/43; Som. Wills, vi. 52.
  • 7. LI Black Bk. ii. 141.
  • 8. E179/70/131; C3/358/7.
  • 9. Shaw, ii. 201; Som. Wills, vi. 52.