HODY, Edmund, of Stowell, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

2nd s. of Richard Hody of Nethway, Devon by Mary, da. of John Lyte of Lyte’s Cary, Som. educ. M. Temple 1571. m. Frances, da. of Richard Ogden or Okeden of Hants, 1s. 3da.2

Offices Held


The Hodys established themselves at Gothelney in the mid-fifteenth century, and later acquired Stowell. References to namesakes exist as early as 1536 and as late as 1615, but of Hody himself almost nothing has been discovered, nor is it known how he came into Parliament. He can hardly be described as a local man. Perhaps he was in London when the vacancy arose, and Taunton found it convenient to return him for that reason. He is recorded as sitting on one committee (28 Feb. 1576) to discuss the Haberdashers’ bill.3

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: P. W. Hasler


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.
  • 2. Proc. Som. Arch. and Nat. Hist. Soc. xxxviii. 43. ex inf. J.P. Ferris; Hutchins, Dorset, ii. 233.
  • 3. Desc. Som. (Som. Rec. Soc. xv), 162; Collinson, Som. i. 240; ii. 379; Vis. Som. (Harl. Soc. xi); Wells Wills, ed. Weaver, 47; Som. Wills, ed. Brown, ser 1, 60; CJ, i. 108.