Thomas Hoo, Baron Hoo and Hastings

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Arms of Sir Thomas Hoo, 1st Baron Hoo and Hastings, KG

Thomas Hoo, 1st Baron Hoo and Hastings KG (ca. 1396-1455) was a Knight of the Garter and English courtier.

Thomas was the son of Sir Thomas Hoo (ca. 1370 – Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, 23 August 1420) and wife (m. 1395) Eleanor de Felton (Litcham, Norfolk, 1378 – 8 August 1400). He succeeded his father in 1420, inheriting the family's ancestral home of Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire as well as Mulbarton, Norfolk and other estates. He fought for Henry VI of England in France, and for his services was made, first Keeper of the Seals, then Chancellor of France. In 1439, he was granted the castle, lordship and honour of Hastings, and in 1445 elected Knight of the Garter. Two years later he was created Baron of Hoo and Hastings.

Lord Hoo died 13 February 1454/5. The barony of Hoo and Hastings become extinct at his death, and his properties passed to his four daughters and his half-brother, Sir Thomas Hoo, born 1416 to his father's second wife, Elizabeth de Etchyngham. The brothers are interred together in the Dacre Tomb at Herstmonceux All Saints Church in Sussex.

Marriages and issue[edit]

Hoo married firstly, before 1 July 1428, Elizabeth Wychingham, daughter of Nicholas Wychingham, esquire, of Wichingham, Norfolk, by whom he had a daughter, Anne Hoo (born c.1424), who married Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, mercer and Lord Mayor of London.[1]

Sir Thomas Hoo was also married to Isabel St Leger Heiress of Wartling & Offley. The two of them had three children. William Hoo of Luton, born around 1340. Beatrice Hoo, born around 1358. And Joan Hoo, born around 1358.

He married, secondly, before 1445, Eleanor Welles, daughter of Lionel de Welles, 6th Baron Welles, and his first wife, Joan Waterton, by whom he had three daughters:[1]

  • Anne Hoo, who married firstly Roger Copley (d. before 1488), esquire, of London and Roughey in Horsham, Sussex, by whom she had three sons and six daughters; secondly, William Greystoke, gentleman, and thirdly Sir Thomas Fiennes.[2]
  • Elizabeth Hoo, who married firstly Thomas Masingbeard, and secondly Sir John Devenish.[2]


  1. ^ a b Richardson IV 2011, pp. 305-11.
  2. ^ a b Richardson IV 2011, p. 311.