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Thomas Hilton, Kt.

Also Known As: "Lord Hilton"
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Hilton and Lady Sibell M Hilton
Husband of Elizabeth Hilton; Anne Hilton; Elizabeth Gascoigne Hilton and Agnes Baxter Hilton Bullein
Father of John Hilton
Brother of Anne Hilton and William Hilton, IV

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About Sir Thomas Hilton, Kt.

Thomas Hilton (by 1500–59)

Sir Thomas Hilton (by 1500 – 1559) was an English politician.

He was the eldest son of Sir William Hilton, de jure 9th Lord Hilton. He was knighted in 1523 and succeeded his father as de jure 10th Lord Hilton by 1537.

He was appointed High Sheriff of Durham for 1532–33 and 1533–34 and High Sheriff of Northumberland for 1543–44 and 1549–50.

He was a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Northumberland in 1547.[1]

He married four times: firstly Elizabeth, the daughter and coheiress of John Clervaux of Croft, Yorkshire; secondly Anne, the daughter of Sir Clement Harleston of South Ockendon, Essex, and widow of Nicholas Lambert of Owlton, County Durham; thirdly Elizabeth, the daughter and heiress of Sir Henry Boynton of Sedbury, Yorkshire and widow of Sir Henry Gascoigne of Sedbury; and fourthly Agnes, the daughter and heiress of John Ifield and widow of Matthew Baxter of Newcastle.



  • HILTON, Sir Thomas (by 1500-59), of Hilton, co. Dur.
  • b. by 1500, 1st s. of Sir William Hilton, de jure 9th Lord Hilton, by Sybil, da. of Thomas Lumley of Lumley. m. (1) by 29 Oct. 1521, Elizabeth (d. 15 Apr. 1543), da. and coh. of John Clervaux of Croft, Yorks.; (2) Anne, da. of Sir Clement Harleston of South Ockendon, Essex, wid. of Nicholas Lambert of Owlton, co. Dur.; (3) Elizabeth (d. Mar. 1545), da. and h. of Sir Henry Boynton of Sedbury, Yorks., wid. of Sir Henry Gascoigne of Sedbury; (4) Agnes, da. and h. of John Ifield, wid. of Matthew Baxter of Newcastle. Kntd. 25 Sept. 1523; suc. fa. as de jure 10th Lord by 1537.
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  • Sybilla LUMLEY
  • Born: ABT 1490, Yorkshire, England
  • Father: Thomas LUMLEY (Sir)
  • Mother: Elizabeth PLANTAGENET
  • Married: William HILTON (b. ABT 1488) ABT 1512, Yorkshire, England
    • Children:
    • 1. Thomas HILTON (b. ABT 1514)
    • 2. William HILTON (b. ABT 1516 - d. ABT 1562)
    • 3. Anne HILTON (b. ABT 1518)
    • 4. Joan HILTON (b. ABT 1518)
  • From: LUMLEY1


  • HILTON, Sir William (d.1600), of Hilton Castle, co. Dur. and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumb.
  • 1st s. of William Hilton, who was bro. and h. of Sir Thomas Hilton†, baron of Hilton, by Margaret, da. of Sir James Metcalfe of Nappa in Wensleydale, Yorks. educ. Peterhouse, Camb. 1555. m. 1558, Anne, da. of Sir John York of Gouthwaite, Yorks., 3s. 1da. suc. fa. 1562. Kntd. 1570.
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  • The visitation of Yorkshire in the years 1563 and 1564 (1881)
    • Baxster.
  • Matthew Baxster son & heyr to Edward. = Agnes doghter and heyr to William* Ifeld maryed to her 3 husband William Bollen.; ch: John Baxster. = Sir Thomas Hylton Baron Hylton Baron Hylton 2nd husband to Agnes.
    • Bullen.
  • doughter & heyre of Place & Surties. = John Ifield fiyrst husband.: ch: Agnes (m. Matthew Baxster & Sir Thomas Hylton & William Bullen) Ifield. = Sir Robert Branlyn 2 husband to doghter of Place & Surtes.*
    • Agnes doughter & heyre of John Ifield fyrst wyff to Matthew Baxster. = Sir Thomas Hylton Baron Hylton.f = William Bullen 3 husband.
    • Clervaux.
  • John Clervaux of Croft Hall, slene at Scotyshefeld. = . . . . doughter of . . . . Hansard.; ch: Elizabeth (m. Thomas Baron of Hylton) Clervaux.
    • Elizabeth doughter and on of theyres = Thomas Baron of Hylton.
    • Hylton.
  • Sir William Hylton* Knight Baron Hylton. = Mary daughter & cooheyre of . . . . Stapleton of Westmerland heyr to Vypont.; ch: Sir William (m. Margery Bowes), Raff, Ellen (m. Owen Lord Ogle), Elsabeth (m. Raff Claxton), A doughter (m. John Lawson), Anne (m. Robert Wytfeld) Hylton; = Rychard Musgrave 2 husband.
    • Sir William Hylton Knight Baron Hylton. = Margery doughter of . . . . Bowes, syster to Sir Raff Bowes.; ch: Sir William (m. Sybell Lomley) Hylton.
      • Sir William Hylton Knight Baron Hylton. = Sybell daughter of Thomas Lomley son & heyr to the Lord Lomley.; ch: Anne (m. Sir Raff Hedworth), Sir Thomas (m. Elsabeth Clervaux & _ Harleston & _ Boynton), William (m. Margaret Metcalff) Hylton.
        • Sir Thomas Hylton Baron Hylton maryed to his 3 wife the widow of Sir Henry Gaskon & doughter & heyr of Sir Henry Boynton. = 1. Elsabeth doughter & heyr to John Clervaux of Croft Esquyer. = 2. . . . doughter to Sir Clement Harleston of Essex.
        • William Hylton 2 son to Sir William Baron Hylton. = Margaret doughter to Sir James Metcalff.f; ch: William (m. Anne Yorke), Robert, Roger, Raff, Sybell, Margery, Kateren (m. Pyter Thorpe), Ellen (m. John Horsley), Elsabeth (m. Marmaduke Thyrkell), Doraty (m. Robert Dalton), Anne (m. John Baxter), Hylton.
          • William Hylton Baron Hylton son & heyr. = Anne doughter of Sir John Yorke Knight.; ch: Thomas, Harry, Kateren, Anne Hylton.
    • f See Surtees' 'Durham,' II. 32; 'Durham Wills,' Part I., p. 181. Margaret Hilton's will dated 4 June, 1566, is in 'Durham Wills,' Part I., p. 265. Her daughter Dorothy was wife of Michael Constable. She does not name Anne and Katherine at all, nor the husband of her daughter Ellen. Her husband's inventory, dated 1562, is on p. 203 of the same volume.


  • English Naturalists from Neckam to Ray: A Study of the Making of the Modern ... By Charles E. Raven, Raven
  • Pg.149
  • .... William Bullien.1 Born in 'the isle of Ely, my native countrey' (Booke of Simple, p. 21), claimed, quite without evidence, by Wood and by Cooper for their respective "Athenae",2 in 1550 vacor of Blaxhall3 'by Orford in Suffolk' (l.c. p. 20b), then a practising doctor at Alston and Tynemouth, and finally settled in London, he wrote several short treatises on medical subject including the small Herbal already quoted. Almost nothing is known of his life except the sensational incident which he describes twice over in the Booke of Simples (Letter to the Reader and p. 79b), how when he was in Durham his patron Sir Thomas Baron Hilton4 had died of a malignant fever and he had been accused of murder by William Hilton the dead man's brother, he he had taken ship for London, been wrecked and lost his library and a completed manuscript, and how through acquitted of murder an attempt had been made on his life by a man named Bellises whom he had cured,5 and he had been thrown into prison by
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  • William for dept- in spite of which he married Sir Thomas's widow (Agnes, his third wife, herself widow of Matthew Baxster) and wrote his largest book in goal! He died in 1576.1


  • Sir William Hilton
  • Birth: 1492 Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
  • Death: 1537 Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
  • Sir William Hilton, Baron of Hilton, who entailed his estates, 18 Henry VIII., and died before 1537. By Sybill Lumley, his wife, granddau. of George, Lord Lumley, he had a dau., Anne, m. to Sir Ralph Hedworth, Knt. of Harraton, and two sons, Thomas and William. The elder, Sir Thomas Hilton, Knt., Baron of Hilton, was captain of Tynmouth Castle under Philip and Mary. He had no fewer than four wives, and yet he died issueless. His brother and heir, William, previously of Biddic, appears to have been a sad contrast to the virtuous race from which he sprang, if we may credit the strange story told by Dr. Bulleyn, a learned physician in the reigns of Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth. The doctor seems to have enjoyed the largest practice of his time, in the city of Durham, and to have stood high in the favour of the deceased Baron of Hilton; but no sooner was the fact of that gentleman's death known, than the new inheritor, "Mr. William Hilton, of Biddic," charged Bulleyn with the murder of his brother, and had him arraigned before the Duke of Norfolk. The doctor, however, was honourably acquitted; but still the Baron of Hilton ceased not from persecuting him: he basely "hired ruffians to assassinate the hapless physician;" and when that scheme miscarried, had him thrown into prison for debt. In one of his works, Bulleyn disclaims, con amove, against the crying sin of ingratitude, which, "malgre high titles, long pedigrees, and numerous quarterings," he assumes to be "a most sable escutcheon, even in the fairest field;"
  • Family links:
  • Spouse:
  • Sibill Lumley Hilton (1485 - ____)*
  • Children:
    • William Hilton (1516 - 1562)*
  • Burial: St Michael & All Angels, Houghton-le-Spring, Metropolitan Borough of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 138636892
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  • Will of Thomas Hilton
  • I Sir Thomas Hilton in the County of Durham, whole of body and in fit mind, do ordain constitute and make this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following: first I bequeath unto Almighty the father my Soul, and to his son Jesus Christ who hath redeemed me and all mankind by his most glorious death and passion, hoping thereby to be resuscitate with the elect in the day of judgment when he shall come to judge the quick and the dead, and my body to be buried in the midst of my Chapel of Hilton, whereas my grandfather lieth buried.
  • Item, I give and bequeath to Agnes my wife, the one half of my goods, moveable and unmovable, and the lease of Tynemouth during my years.
  • Also, I give and bequeath unto my son Oswen Baxter £3 6s 8d by year during his natural life, to be levied upon my lands of Alston Moor. Also, I give to Oswold Mydfurthe 40s by year to be levied upon my lands of Alston Moor, during his natural life. Also, I give to William Bainbrigg 40s by year to be levied upon my lands of Alston Moor, during his natural life.
  • Also, I give and bequeath to Cuthbert Hilton, Roger Hilton, and William Hilton, according to their Patents. Also, I give to Margaret Hilton £20 to be levied on my goods and chattels, and my wife to have the ordering of her until she be married.
  • Also, I give to my four singing boys, that is to say, Thomas Hudson and Robert Hudson, Robert Hudsons sons, and to James Hudson and Thomas Hudson, William Hudsons sons, 40s by year during their natural lives, to be levied upon my lands of Alston Moor.
  • Also, I give to Emond Prior 26s 8d to be levied upon my lands of Alston Moor. Also, I give to all the residue of my servants having no patents, their whole years wages.
  • Also, I will that my wife have all my household stuff, both hangings, beds, and all other household stuff, as pots, pans, dishes, dublers, saucers and speits, during her natural life, and after her death to remain to the heirs of my lands. And further, I will that all the plate that came by her shall be hers during her natural life, and then to come to her son John Baxter; and for my own plate and my chain, she to have the occupation of it during her life, and then to remain to the heirs as heirlooms from one to another, upon this condition that they shall put sufficient sureties that it will descend from one heir to another, according to the entail that I made at London, in a thousand pounds of lawful money of England, and to be registered and recorded from time to time in the Chancery of Durham.
  • Also I will that the rents of Follonsby and Little Usworth shall go to the payments of my debts yearly, unto such time as my said debts be fully satisfied and paid, by the sight of my friends Sir Robert Brandling Knight and my son John Baxter Esq., and they to stand ceased of my said rents of Follonsby and Little Usworth unto such time as all my said debts be fully satisfied and paid, and then the said rents to go to the heir, if he will be bound in the Chancery of Durham that the whole lands shall descend from one to another, as is contained in my entail aforesaid.
  • Also I give to every one of my tenants in Hilton and Little Usworth 6s 8d. And to twenty maids in Hilton and Usworth, who shall be next married after my departing from this transitory life 6s 8d apiece. And to the two briggs of Hilton 20s, and to the mending of the highway at Barmston 10s.
  • Also I give to Bartholemew Hilton my servant £10 by year, to be levied on my lands in Alston Moor, during his natural life. Also I give and bequeath to Adam Hilton, 26s 8d by year, during his natural life, and the same to be levied on my lands in Alston Moor.
  • Also I will that Henry Wycliffe shall have £3 6s 8d out of my lands in Alston Moor, during his natural life. Also I will that William Jordan shall have and enjoy 33s 3d, that he hath now the occupation of in Grindon. Also I give to Thomas Simpson, and to William Cuthbert, according to their Patents. Also I give to Richard Blakenberie, £3 6s 8d during his natural life, to be levied on my lands in Alston Moor.
  • And the residue of my goods I give to Agnes my wife, whom I make full Executrix, to dispose the same as she thinks most expedient, and to be counselled by the right Honorable my very good Lord my Lord Wharton, Sir Robert Brandling Knight, and my son John Baxter, whom I make supervisors of this my last will and testament, to whom I give for their pains: to the Lord Wharton £20 and to Sir Robert Brandling, and my son John Baxter, £10 each. In witness whereof, I have subscribed this my last will and testament, the 8th day of November in the year of our Lord God 1558.
  • Item, further I give to Anne Leifeld 40s to her marriage, and to Jane, if she marries with Bartholemew Hilton40s. Also I give to Mr. Buller £6 8s 4d, and to Mr. Thomas Lawson £6.
  • Inquest on the death of Thomas Hilton, Knight 25 September 1561.
  • Holder of the manor of Hilton with one military fief except the tenth part, the Manors of North Biddick, Little Usworth, Follonsby, Forth and Grindon.


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  • Alexander Hylton, 2nd Baron Hylton (d. 1360)
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  • Sir William Hylton, de jure 4th Baron Hylton (1356–1435)
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  • William Hylton, de jure 6th Baron Hylton (d. 1457)
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  • Sir William Hylton, de jure 11th Baron Hylton (d. 1600)
  • Henry Hylton, de jure 12th Baron Hylton (1586–1641)
  • Robert Hylton, de jure 13th Baron Hylton (d. 1641)
  • John Hylton, de jure 14th Baron Hylton (d. 1655)
  • John Hylton, de jure 15th Baron Hylton (1628–1670)
  • Henry Hylton, de jure 16th Baron Hylton (1637–1712)
  • Richard Hylton, de jure 17th Baron Hylton (d. 1722)
  • John Hylton, de jure 18th Baron Hylton (1699–1746) (abeyant)
  • .... etc.
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  • 'Hilton01'
  • .... etc.
  • William Hilton of Hilton (de jure 7th Lord) (d 13.10.1457) - continued above
  • m. (by 01.1438/9) Mary or Mariot Stapilton (dau of William Stapilton of Edenhall by Margaret Vepount)
    • 1. Sir William Hilton of Hilton (de jure 8th Lord) (b by 1451, d before 31.05.1506)
    • m. Margery Bowes (d before 04.06.1503, dau of Sir William Bowes of Streatlam by Maud FitzHugh)
      • A. Sir William Hilton of Hilton (de jure 9th Lord) (a 11.1526)
      • m. Sibyl Lumley (dau of Sir Thomas Lumley)
        • i. Sir Thomas Hilton of Hilton (de jure 10th Lord), Sheriff of Durham (dsp 03.1558/9)
        • m1. Elizabeth Clervaux (d 15.04.1543, dau of John Clervaux of Croft by Margaret Hansard)
        • m2. Elizabeth (or Isabel) Boynton (b by 1479, d 22/3.03.1544/5, dau of Sir Henry Boynton of Sedbury by Isabel Lumley)
        • m3. Agnes Ifeld (dau of John (or William) Ifeld, widow of Matthew Baxster, m3. William Bollen)
        • ii. Sir William Hilton of Bidick (de jure 11th Lord) (b by 1511, d 1562)
        • m. Margaret Metcalfe (d before 10.06.1566, dau of Sir James Metcalfe of Nappa by Margaret Pigot)
          • a. .... etc.
        • ii. Anne Hilton possibly of this generation
        • m. Sir Ralph Hedworth of Harraton
    • 2. .... etc.
  • Main source(s): TCP (Hylton or Hilton of Hilton) with some support/input for the lower section from Visitation (Durham, 1575+1615+1666, Hilton)
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Sir Thomas Hilton, Kt.'s Timeline

Yorkshire, England
October 29, 1521
Age 7
Age 30
January 17, 1561
Age 47
Yorkshire, England
April 3, 1943
Age 47
October 22, 1943
Age 47
March 14, 1945
Age 47
Bef. 1558