John Hawles

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Sir John Hawles (1645–1716) was an English lawyer and politician.

Life[edit]

The second son of Thomas Hawles of Moanton in Wiltshire, by Elizabeth Antrobus of Hampshire, was born in the Close at Salisbury. His father, whose name is sometimes spelled Hollis, belonged to the family of Hawles of Upwimborne, Dorset. During the First English Civil War he was leader of the band known as the club men in Salisbury, who took the side of the parliament.

John Hawles was educated at Winchester School, and in 1662 entered Queen's College, Oxford, but left the university without taking a degree. He entered Lincoln's Inn, was called to the bar, and rose in his profession.

On 25 March 1689 he was returned to the House of Commons as M.P. for Old Sarum. But in 1691 he was not able to secure the recordership of London in competition with Sir Bartholomew Showers. On 1 July 1695 Hawles was appointed solicitor-general in succession to Sir Thomas Trevor. In October of the same year he was returned for the borough of Wilton in Wiltshire, and in 1695 was knighted.

When a fresh parliament was summoned in 1698, Hawles sat for St. Michael in Cornwall, and was also returned for Beeralston in Devon. In the parliament of 1700–1 he represented Truro, and for the short session of 1702 was member for St. Ives in Cornwall. In 1702 he ceased to be solicitor-general, but continued to sit in parliament for Wilton until 1705, and from that year until 1710 for Stockbridge in Hampshire.

As a prominent Whig lawyer he was appointed one of the managers of the impeachment of Henry Sacheverell in 1710. He resided for some years on the family estate at Upwimborne, and died on 2 August 1716.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
John Young
Thomas Pitt
Member of Parliament for Old Sarum
1689–1690
With: William Harvey
Succeeded by
William Harvey
Sir Thomas Mompesson
Preceded by
Sir Richard Grobham Howe
Thomas Wyndham
Member of Parliament for Wilton
1695–1698
With: John Gauntlett
Succeeded by
John Gauntlett
Sir Henry Ashurst
Preceded by
John Tregagle
John Povey
Member of Parliament for Mitchell
1698–1701
With: John Povey
Succeeded by
William Beaw
Anthony Rowe
Preceded by
John Elwill
Sir Rowland Gwynne
Member of Parliament for Bere Alston
1698–1701
With: Sir Rowland Gwynne 1698
James Montagu 1698–1701
Succeeded by
Sir Rowland Gwynne
Sir Peter King
Preceded by
Henry Vincent
Hugh Fortescue
Member of Parliament for Truro
1701
With: Henry Vincent
Succeeded by
Henry Vincent
Sir William Scawen
Preceded by
James Praed
Benjamin Overton
Member of Parliament for St Ives
1701–1702
With: James Praed
Succeeded by
James Praed
Richard Chaundler
Preceded by
John Gauntlett
Sir Henry Ashurst
Member of Parliament for Wilton
1702–1705
With: George Boddington 1702
John Gauntlett 1702–1705
Succeeded by
John Gauntlett
William Nicholas
Preceded by
Anthony Burnaby
Henry Killigrew
Member of Parliament for Stockbridge
1705–1707
With: Sir Edward Laurence
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Stockbridge
1707–1710
With: Sir Edward Laurence
Succeeded by
George Dashwood
The Earl of Barrymore
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Trevor
Solicitor General
1695–1702
Succeeded by
Sir Simon Harcourt