HOBY, Thomas (1642-c.1706), of Bisham Abbey, Berks. and Breamore, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Family and Education

bap. 7 Jan. 1642, 4th but 2nd surv. s. of Peregrine Hoby. educ. L. Inn 1659. m. Anne, da. and h. of John Doddington of Breamore, wid. of Robert, 4th Baron Brooke of Beauchamps Court, s.p.1

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Berks. 1679-80, Hants, Wilts. and Salisbury 1689-90; j.p. and dep. lt. Hants and Wilts. 1689-d.; commr. for wastes and spoils, New Forest 1691.2


After two unsuccessful attempts to enter the second Exclusion Parliament, Hoby was returned for the family borough as a country candidate in 1681, and appointed to the committee to draw up the third exclusion bill. His marriage to his widowed cousin Lady Brooke brought him property in the Avon valley, downstream from Salisbury, for which he was returned to the Convention by the corporation, although apparently not a freeman. He probably served on most, if not all of the 19 committees to which ‘Mr Hobby’ was named, but did not speak. He was appointed to consider the attainder bill in the first session, and the mutiny bill in the second. He did not vote for the disabling clause in the bill to restore corporations, but he showed his support for the new regime with a loan of £5,000. He continued to sit for Salisbury as a Whig in the next two Parliaments. He was still active as a deputy lieutenant in 1705, but his will, bequeathing his lands to his elder brother, was proved on 14 Oct. 1707.3

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Leonard Naylor


  • 1. Vis. Berks. (Harl. Soc. lvi), 228; Bisham Par. Reg. (Par. Reg. Soc. xv), 11.
  • 2. Cal. Treas. Bks. ix. 1988, 2180.
  • 3. HMC Lords, n.s. iv. 411; vi. 419; PCC 230 Poley.