Sir John Hawles (1645–1716) was an English lawyer and politician.
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.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Hawles, John". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.