Sir Richard Hoghton, 1st Baronet

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Sir Richard Hoghton, 1st Baronet (28 September 1570 – 1630) was a politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1601 and 1611.

Hoghton Tower.

He was born the eldest son of Thomas Hoghton of Hoghton Tower, Lancashire by Anne, the daughter of Henry Keighley of Keighley, Yorkshire. Thomas was murdered in 1589.

He was appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1599 and was knighted in January 1600.[1] In 1601 he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Lancashire and was re-elected MP for Lancashire in 1604.[2]

Hoghton was one of the first baronets, created on 22 May 1611.[3]

Aa a staunch presbyterian, he promoted active dissent, a tradition that would be continued by later members of the family.[4]

Hoghton died in 1630. He had married firstly Catherine, the daughter of Sir Gilbert Gerard with whom he had five sons and eight daughters, and secondly Jane, the daughter of Thomas Spencer of Rufford and widow of Robert Hesketh, with whom he had two more sons. The baronetcy was inherited by his eldest son Gilbert.


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Gerard
Robert Hesketh
Member of Parliament for Lancashire
With: Thomas Hesketh 1601
Sir Richard Molyneux 1604–1611
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Gerard, Bt
Sir Cuthbert Halsall
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
(of Hoghton Tower)
Succeeded by
Gilbert Hoghton