John Hales (politician)
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John Hales (c.1516 - 26 or 28 December 1572) was a writer, administrator and politician during the Tudor period.
- John Hales, who died without issue.
- Christopher Hales of Coventry, who married Mary Lucy, the daughter of William Lucy, esquire, and Anne Fermor, and sister of Sir Thomas Lucy of Charlecote, Warwickshire.
- Bartholomew Hales (d.1599), esquire, of Snitterfield, Warwickshire, who married Mary Harper, the daughter of George Harper (d. 12 December 1558) by his first wife, Lucy Peckham (d. 31 July 1552), daughter of Thomas Peckham.
- Stephen Hales (d. 27 March 1574), esquire, of Newland and Exhall, Warwickshire, freeman of the Merchant Taylors’ Company in 1552, Warden in 1557, 1564 and 1565, and one of the four founders of the Merchant Taylors' School, who married firstly Amy Morison, the daughter of Thomas Morison of Chardwell, Yorkshire, and sister of Sir Richard Morison, and secondly, before 1561, Bridget Over, widow of John Nethermill, and daughter of Henry Over, who survived him.
- Mildred Hales (d.1596) who married Thomas Docwra (d.1602) of Putteridge in Offley, Hertfordshire; their son, Thomas Docwra, married Jane Peryam, the daughter of Sir William Peryam.
Under Henry VIII
According to Lowe, Hales may have spent some time at Oxford, but 'was largely a self-taught scholar of Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and the law'. He spent his early years in the household of Sir Christopher Hales, Attorney General and Master of the Rolls, and after nine years' service there, was dismissed after having expressed a wish to leave his employment. By 1535 he was in the service of Thomas Cromwell. In 1537 he was appointed clerk to Sir John Gostwick in the office of First Fruits and Tenths, and by 1541 had become deputy to the Clerk of the Hanaper, Sir Ralph Sadler. In 1545 Hales and Sadler were granted a joint patent for the office. According to Bindoff, the records show that Hales 'bore the brunt of the work' at the Hanaper, and in addition assisted Sadler with his duties as Master of the Great Wardrobe.
On 6 June 1540, during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Hales purchased from Sir Richard Morison the former Priory of St Mary Without Bishopsgate in London for £500, and on 16 December 1544 purchased from Sir Ralph Sadler the former monastery of the Whitefriars in Coventry for £83 12s 6d. Hales converted part of the Whitefriars into a residence, Hales Place, and set up a free grammar school in what had been the choir. In 1545 he was granted licence to establish the free school as King Henry VIII School in the former St John's Hospital in Coventry. Hales provided lands valued at 200 marks for the school's maintenance.
Under Edward VI
Hales supported the economic policies pursued by the young King's uncle, Protector Somerset. Hales was particularly opposed to the enclosure of land, and is said to have been the most active of the commissioners appointed in 1548 to redress this evil. However he failed to carry several remedial measures through Parliament. When Somerset fell from power in October 1549, Hales was imprisoned in the Tower, likely as a result of his support for Somerset's policies. He was released in 1550, and after enfeoffing his lands to his brother, Stephen, and to Sir Ralph Sadler, obtained licence on 2 February 1551 to leave England in the company of Sir Richard Morison, who was being sent as ambassador to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
Under Elizabeth I
Hales lost royal favour, however, by writing a succession tract, entitled A Declaration of the Succession of the Crowne Imperiall of Inglande, supporting the title to the crown of the descendants of King Henry VIII's younger sister Mary. Mary's granddaughter, Lady Catherine Grey, had secretly married Edward Seymour, and the Queen had had them both imprisoned. Hales took the position that if the Queen were to have no children, Lady Catherine should be next in line to the throne. Hales was imprisoned for his temerity. On 27 April 1564 Sir William Cecil wrote to Sir Thomas Smith that:
Here is fallen out a troublesome fond matter. John Hales had secretly made a book in the time of the last Parliament wherein he hath taken upon him to discuss no small matter, viz., the title to the Crown after the Queen’s Majesty, having confuted and rejected the line of the Scottish Queen, and made the line of the Lady Frances, mother to the Lady Catherine, only next and lawful. He is committed to the Fleet for this boldness, specially because he had communicated it to sundry persons. My Lord John Grey is in trouble also for it. Beside this, John Hales hath procured sentences and counsels of lawyers from beyond seas to be written in maintenance of the Earl of Hertford’s marriage. This dealing of his offendeth the Queen’s Majesty very much.
With Cecil's help Hales obtained his release from prison in 1566, but remained under house arrest for the next four years.
The date of Hales' death is uncertain. According to Bindoff, he died on 26 December 1572, while according to Lowe, he died two days later on 28 December. He was buried in the Church of St Peter le Poer in Broad Street, London. He was sometimes referred to as "Club-foot" Hales, supposedly because he had accidentally wounded his foot with a dagger.
Hales wrote his Highway to Nobility about 1543. He wrote Introductiones ad grammaticum for his newly founded free school. In 1543 he also published Precepts for the Preservation of Health, a translation from Plutarch.
- Howard 1874, p. 69; Hales 1882, p. 62; Lowe 2004; Burke 1838, pp. 236–7.
- Deacon 1898, p. 80; Thomas 1730, p. 506; Garrett 1938, p. 171; Metcalfe 1887, pp. 19, 32.
- According to the History of Parliament biography of Sir George Harper, the real father of Lucy Peckham's children during her marriage to George Harper was Sir Richard Morison. According to the inquisition post mortem taken 18 October 1560, these children were Marcellus Harper (d. 1 February 1559); Frances, who married William Patrickson, gentleman; Mary, who married Bartholomew Hales, gentleman; and Anne, who died unmarried; Fry 1896.
- Clode 1888, pp. 159-61.
- Burke 1838, pp. 236–7, 372–3; Marshall 1873, p. 29; Kimber 1771, p. 102.
- Chauncey 1826, p. 195; Metcalfe 1886, p. 48.
- Transactions 1905, p. 324.
- Said by some authorities to have been his uncle, but by others to have been a distant kinsman.
- Bindoff 1982, p. 276.
- Folger Shakespeare Library, Guide to the Loseley Collection, (1955/2000), 87, L.b.479.
- Reader 1846, p. 122; Bindoff 1982, p. 276; Lowe 2004.
- Lowe 2004.
- Bindoff 1982, p. 277; Lowe 2004.
- Ellis 1827, p. 285.
- Reader 1846, p. 126.
- Garrett 1938, p. 174.
- Bindoff, S.T. (1982). The House of Commons 1509-1558 II. London: Secker and Warburg. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- Burke, John and John Bernard Burke (1838). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England. London: Scott, Webster and Geary. pp. 236–7. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- Burke, John and John Bernard Burke (1844). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland and Scotland (2nd ed.). London: John Russell Smith. pp. 372–3. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- Chauncey, Henry (1826). The Historical Antiquities of Hertfordshire II. London: J.M. Mullinger. pp. 195–6. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- Clode, Charles M. (1888). The Early History of the Guild of Merchant Taylors, Part 2. London: Harrison and Sons. pp. 159–61. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- Deacon, Edward (1898). The Descent of the Family of Deacon of Elstowe and London, Part 2. Bridgeport, Connecticut. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- Ellis, Henry (1827). Original Letters Illustrative of English History. Second Series II. London: Harding and Lepard. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- Fry, G.S., ed. (1896). Abstracts of Inquisitiones Post Mortem for the City of London: Part 1 XV. London and Middlesex Archaeological Society. pp. 191–211. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- Garrett, Christina Hallowell (1938). The Marian Exiles; A Study in the Origins of Elizabethan Puritanism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 171–4. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- Hales, R. Cox (1882). "Brief notes on the Hales Family". Archaeologia Cantiana XIV. London: Kent Archaeological Society. pp. 61–84. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- Howard, Joseph Jackson, ed. (1874). Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica. (New Series) I. London: Hamilton, Adams. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- Kimber, E. and R. Johnson (1771). The Baronetage of England II. London: G. Woodfall. pp. 99–102.
- Lowe, Ben (2004). Hales, John (1516?–1572). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 7 January 2013. (subscription required)
- Marshall, George W., ed. (1873). La Neve's Pedigrees of the Knights VIII. London: Harleian Society. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- Metcalfe, Walter C., ed. (1886). The Visitations of Hertfordshire. London: Harleian Society. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- Metcalfe, Walter C., ed. (1887). The Visitations of Northamptonshire. London: Harleian Society. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- Pierce, William (1908). A Historical Introduction to the Marprelate Tracts. New York: Burt Franklin.
- Reader, W. (1846). "Documents Relating to the Family of Hales, of Coventry, and the Foundation of the Free School". In Nichols, John Gough. The Topographer and Genealogist (Baywood Publishing) I: 120–32. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- Thomas, William (1730). The Antiquities of Warwickshire . . . by Sir William Dugdale (2nd rev. ed.). London: John Osborn and Thomas Longman. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Natural History Society. 3rd series V. Shrewsbury: Adnitt and Naunton. 1905. p. 324. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- Works related to John Hales at Wikisource: Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 24, pp. 29–30.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press Source
- Hales, John (d.1572), History of Parliament
- Hales, Stephen (d.1574), History of Parliament
- Will of Stephen Hales, National Archives
- Harper, George (1503-58), History of Parliament
- Will of Sir George Harper, National Archives
- Bartholomew Hales, manor of Snitterfield
- Morison, Sir Richard (1514-56), History of Parliament
- King Henry VIII Grammar School
- Works by or about John Hales (politician) in libraries (WorldCat catalog)