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Katherine Locke (Cooke)

Also Known As: "Catherine Cook"
Birthplace: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Death: before October 14, 1537
Surrey, England (Childbed)
Place of Burial: Merton, Surrey, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Cook and Joan Locke
Wife of Sir William Locke, Alderman of London
Mother of Rose Throckmorton; Henry Locke or Lok; Michael Lok, Merchant of London; Lady Catherine Stacy; John Locke the elder and 5 others
Sister of N.N.
Half sister of Robert Henry Bourne; Elizabeth Nicholson; Sir William Locke, Alderman of London; Michael Locke and Thomas Locke

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About Katherine Locke

From "The Book of the Locke's" -

"Sir William Locke married four wives:

"2nd, Catharine daughter of William Cooke of Salisbury. She died in Childbed of her eleventh child (Sir William's twentieth) 14 October 1537, and was buried at Merton, in Surrey."

She was daughter of Sir Thomas Cooke, Knt., of Wiltshire. (Burke's Extinct Baronetcies, London, 2d ed., 1844 262-63.). The Book of the Locke's has her as the sister of Sir Thomas & daughter of Sir William.


  • Father  Sir Thomas Cook
  • Buried  14 Oct 1537  [7] 


  1. Sir William Lock b 1480


  •   1. Henry Lock,   d. 1571
  •   2. Michael Lock, of, St. Mary le Bow, London, Middlesex, England ,   bur. 1 Oct 1614, St. Mary le Bow, London, Middlesex, England
  •   3. Dorothy Lock,   d. Yes, date unknown
  •   4. Elizabeth Lock
  •   5. John Lock,   bur. 15 Oct 1537
  •   6. Anne Lock
  •   7. Catherine Lock,   d. Yes, date unknown
  •   8. Thomas Lock
  •   9. Rose Lock,   b. 26 Dec 1526,   d. Yes, date unknown
  •   10. John Lock
  •   11. Francis Lock
  •   12. Alice Lock
  •   13. Thomasin Lock


3 children missing (miscarriages? stillbirths? died young?)

Also query birth date - as a second wife, she may have been significantly younger than her husband.


  1. Book of the Lockes: A Genealogical and Historical Record of the Descendants of William Locke, of Woburn. With an Appendix Containing a History of the Lockes in England, Also of the Family of John Locke, of Hampton, N. H., and Kindred Families and Individuals (Google eBook) John Goodwin Locke. J. Munroe & Company, 1853 - 406 pages. Page 358



  • Catherine Cook1
  • F, #327851
  • Last Edited=29 Dec 2008
  • Catherine Cook is the daughter of Sir Thomas Cook.1 She married Sir William Lock.1
  • Her married name became Lock.1
  • Child of Catherine Cook and Sir William Lock
    • Rose Lock+1
  • Citations
  • [S229] Burke John and John Bernard Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England (1841, reprint; Baltimore, Maryland, USA: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1985), page 263. Hereinafter cited as Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p32786.htm#i327851


  • Sir William Lok (1480 – 24 August 1550) was a gentleman usher to Henry VIII and a mercer, alderman, and sheriff of London. He was the great-great-great-grandfather of the philosopher John Locke (1632–1704).
  • William Lok was the second son of Thomas Lok, a London mercer, and the grandson of John Lok, also a mercer, who was Sheriff of London in 1461.[1] His mother was Joan Wilcock (d.1512), only daughter of one 'Mr Wilcock' of Rotherham, Yorkshire.[2][3]
  • Even before he was admitted to the Mercers' Company in 1507, Lok had already supplied cloth of gold and silver to Henry VIII. During the course of his visits as a mercer to the annual markets in Antwerp and Bergen op Zoom in the Low Countries, he collected intelligence which he passed on to the King and his chief minister, Thomas Cromwell.[1]
  • In March 1527 he was granted 'exclusive licence to import silks, jewels, and mercery wares for court revels'. In addition to his trade as a mercer, Lok was involved in other business ventures, including the export of beer. In 1528 he supplied the royal ordinance with six hundred leather harnesses. In 1531 a ship travelling from Chios to London which had been hired by Lok and John Gresham was detained at Lisbon.[1] According to a letter dating from 1533, Lok had at some time visited Crete, and may thus have been involved in the wine or currant trade.[1] The wealth he had accumulated as a merchant by 1535 is indicated by the fact that he was rated in that year, perhaps in connection with a subsidy, at £1000.[1]
  • Lok and his wife were Protestants, and supported Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon.[4][5] His daughter, Rose Lok, later recounted how he pulled down a copy of the bull by which Pope Clement VII had excommunicated Henry VIII[1][4][5] for his marriage to his second wife, Anne Boleyn:[6]
    • Of my father in Holinshed's Chronicle I find this story. In the 25th year of the reign of King Henry 8, being the year of Our Lord 1534,[7] at the suit of the Lady Catherine, Dowager, a curse was sent from the Pope, which cursed both the King and the realm. This curse was set up in the town of Dunkirk in Flanders, for the bringer thereof durst no nearer approach, where it was taken down by Mr Lok of London, mercer. Now I, his daughter, Rose Throckmorton, widow, late wife of Simon Throckmorton, esquire, and first the wife of Anthony Hickman, a merchant of London, reading this of my father, have thought good to leave to my children this addition to it, that for that act the King gave him £100 a year, and made him a Gentleman of his Privy Chamber, and he was the King's mercer, and his Majesty vouchsafed to dine at his house. Moreover he was knighted, although he was never mayor, but only Sheriff of London, and so was never any Londoner before him.
  • Lok also brought French translations of the Gospels and Epistles from the continent for Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn.[5][4]
  • On 20 October 1545 he was elected alderman for Vintry ward, and on 3 March 1549 was elected Sheriff, and knighted by the young Edward VI.[1] On 10 October 1549 he was among those who escorted the Lord Protector, Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, to imprisonment in the Tower of London after his first fall from power.[1]
  • Lok died 24 August 1550 at his house in Bow Lane,[8] and was buried on 27 August near his parents and his first wife, Alice Spenser, in the Mercers' Church at St Thomas of Acre in London,[8] where his coat of arms was depicted in a window.[1] His fourth wife, Elizabeth Meredith, was also buried there after her death in 1551.[8] In his will he left houses and shops in various London parishes including Bow, Spitalfields, and Cheapside, as well as twelve farms near London, and the Dog's Head inn in Cheapside.[1]
  • Lok married firstly Alice Spenser (d.1522), an early convert to Protestantism.[1][8]
  • He married secondly Katherine Cooke (d. 14 Oct 1537),[8] daughter of Sir Thomas Cooke of Wiltshire.[4][1][9]
  • He married thirdly a wife named Eleanor (d.1546), who was the widow of Walter Marsh.[8][1]
  • He married fourthly Elizabeth Farthing (d.1551) who was the widow firstly of a husband surnamed Hutton and secondly of Robert Meredith.[10][8][1][11]
  • Lok had nineteen children, of whom five sons and seven daughters, all children of his first two marriages, survived to adulthood. According to Sutton, all Lok's sons were mercers, and it is likely that all his daughters were silkwomen.[5]
  • A pedigree of the Lok family assigns Lok's children to his first two wives as follows:[2]
  • By his first wife, Alice Spence or Spencer:
    • William Lok (1511–17), died without issue.[2]
    • Philip Lok (d.1524), died without issue.[2]
    • Jane Lok (b. 29 August 1512), who married Robert Meredith of London, mercer.[1][2]
    • Peter Lok (d.1517) died without issue.[2]
    • William Lok (1517–1519), died without issue.[2]
    • Richard Lok (d.1516), died without issue.[2]
    • Edmund Lok, 'died for love of Sir Brian Tuke's daughter, 1545'.
    • Thomas Lok (8 February 1514 – 9 November 1556), mercer, eldest surviving son by his father's first marriage, who married Mary Long.[12][2][13][14]
    • Matthew Lok (d.1551) of London, merchant, married Elizabeth Baker.[2]
  • By his second wife, Katherine Cooke:
    • Dorothy Lok, who married firstly Otwell Hill (d.1543) of London, merchant, and secondly John Cosworth of London and Cornwall, merchant. Otwell Hill was the brother of Richard Hill.[15][2][16][17]
    • Katherine Lok, who married firstly Thomas Stacey of London, Warden of the Mercers' Company in 1555 together with his brother-in-law, Thomas Lok,[18] and secondly William Matthew of Bradden, Northamptonshire.[2]
    • Rose Lok (26 December 1526 ), who married firstly the London mercer Anthony Hickman, son of Walter Hickman of Woodford, Essex, and secondly Simon Throckmorton, esquire, of Brampton, Huntingdonshire, and was a Marian exile. She died 21 November 1613, aged 86.[1][19][2]
    • John Lok, who married Margaret Spert, and died in France without issue. He went to Jerusalem in 1553, and to Guinea in 1554.[20][2][21]
    • Alice Lok, (d.1537), died without issue.[2]
    • Thomasine Lok (d.1530), died without issue.[2]
    • Henry Lok (d.1571) of London, merchant and mercer, who married Anne Vaughan, by whom he was father of the poet, Henry Lok. His will, dated 18 January 1571, was proved 31 October 1571.[22][1][23][2]
    • Michael Lok of London, merchant, who married firstly Jane Wilkinson, daughter of William Wilkinson, mercer and sheriff of London, and secondly Margery Perient, widow of Caesar Adelmare, father of Sir Julius Caesar.[24][1][2]
    • Elizabeth Lok (3 August 1535 – c.1581), who married firstly Richard Hill (d.1568), mercer and alderman of London, and by him had 13 children, and secondly Nicholas Bullingham, Bishop of Worcester, who died in 1576, by whom she had one child.[15][1][25][26][2]
    • John Lok, whose mother died at his birth, and he the day after.[2]
  • From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lok


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 34
  • Lok, William by Sidney Lee
  • LOK, Sir WILLIAM (1480–1550), London merchant, was son of Thomas Lok, mercer of London, and grandson of John Lok, sheriff of London in 1400 (cf. will of Zachary Lok, 1603, in Somerset House). From the grandfather also descended John Locke, mayor of Bristol in 1642, who was 'a sort of cousin' of the father of John Locke [q. v.] the philosopher. William was, like his father, brought up as a mercer, and became sworn mercer and agent to Henry VIII beyond the seas. In May 1520 he supplied much cloth of silver for the queen's use (Henry VIII's Letters and Papers, vol. iii. pt. i. p. 852). In 1521 he figured among the Duke of Buckingham's creditors (ib.vol. iii. pt. i. p. 1285). On 7 March 1526-7 he received a license to import cloth of gold and silver, silks, and jewels for the king, and in November 1527 supplied stuffs for the court revels. In 1529 and the following years he spent some time on business at Bergen-op-Zoom and from that town and from Antwerp sent many interesting letters of intelligence to Cromwell or the king between 1532 and 1537. While on business at Dunkirk in December 1533 he pulled down the papal bull excommunicating Henry VIII, a service which the king acknowledged by giving him 100l. a year, and making him a gentleman of the privy chamber (Grafton, Chron. p. 1222; Brampton, Autobiography, pp. 8-9), Henry also showed his regard for him by dining with him at his house. In 1536 he resided 'in Cheapside, at the sign of the Padlock.' On 29 Dec. 1537 he was granted by Henry part of the possessions of 'Elayng Spittell.' He became an alderman of the city, and was elected sheriff in 1548, when he was knighted. On 10 Oct. 1549 he rode in the procession conveying the Duke- of Somerset to the Tower (Wriothesley, Chronicle, ii, 27). He died in his house in Bow Lane on 24 Aug, 1550, and was buried on the 27th in the Mercers' Chapel in the church of St. Thomas Acres (Machyn, Diary, i. 313). He married four times: (1) Alice Spencer (d. 1522); (2) Catherine, daughter of William Cooke of Salisbury {d. 14 Oct. 1537, and buried at St. Martin Abbey, Surrey}; (3) Elinor, widow of Walter Marsh (d. 1540); and (4) Elizabeth (d. 1551), widow of one Hatton and of Robert Meredith successively. His fourth, like his first, wife was buried in Mercers' Chapel (cf. Machyn, Diary, pp. 12, 323). He left issue by his first two wives: by the first, eight sons and one daughter, and by the second five sons and five daughters. Michael Lok [q. v.] and Henry Lok, father of Henry Lok [q. v.] the poet, were sons of the second marriage.
  • [Carew's Survey of Cornwall; Fox Bourne's Life of John Locke; Gent. Mag. 1792, p. 799; King's Life of Locke; Letters and Papers of Henry VIII; Dr. Grosart's Memoir of Henry Lok in Fuller Worthies' Miscellanies, vol. ii.]
  • From: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Lok,_William_(DNB00)


  • Book of the Lockes: A genealogical and historical record of the descendants ... By John Goodwin Locke
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=2twUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA358&lpg=PA358&dq=Matthew+Michael+Locke+1550&source=bl&ots=dd3fJR-MCD&sig=mWoBIujyABMkQ7CMo5siY7b88Y0&hl=en&ei=nqcrTYa9L4zSsAPq0ZWmBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBkQ6AEwADgU#v=onepage&q=Matthew%20Michael%20Locke%201550&f=false
  • https://archive.org/details/bookoflockesgene00lock
  • https://archive.org/stream/bookoflockesgene00lock#page/342/mode/1up
  • John Locke, sheriff of London, 1460 ch: Thomas d. 1507
  • Thomas Locke d. anno 1507 m. Joan Wilcock d.1512 ch: 1. John d.1519, 2. Sir William d. 1550 m. 2 wives; (b) 1st Elizabeth Spencer, 2nd Catharine, daughter of Wm. Cook, 3. Michael, 4. Thomas (probably son) m. Mary.
    • (a) I am of opinion, after an examination of Stow's "Survey of London," that the "arms in the window" were those of Sir William Locke, who was buried in Mercer's Chapel in 1550; yet a doubt remains.
    • (b) He had four wives.
  • https://archive.org/stream/bookoflockesgene00lock#page/342/mode/1up
  • 3. Michael Locke, younger brother (a) of Sir William, children: 1. Matthew
  • 1. Mathew Locke, ch: 1. Richard d.1617 and 2. Christopher
  • https://archive.org/stream/bookoflockesgene00lock#page/344/mode/1up
  • 2. Christopher Locke, the youngest son children: 1. Christopher, 2. John, 3. Honour, 4. Christian, 5. Lewis.
  • https://archive.org/stream/bookoflockesgene00lock#page/349/mode/1up
  • Sir William Locke was employed by Henry Vlll., having the charge of his commercial affairs "both at home and abroad." In the Cottonian Library, London, are several manuscript letters from him to the King, and to Secretary Cromwell, dated at Antwerp, in 1533-4, 1535 and 1538, relating to some works carrying on at Calais, concerning negotiations with France and about the woollen trade. He was, says Collins, "Particularly employed by Queen Anne Bullen, [Boleyn] privately to gather the Epistles, Gospels and Psalms, from beyond sea, in which he ran great hazard, some having been secretly made away with, for attempting the same thing." He had four wives, (see the chart, p. 358-9,) and twenty or more children, many of which died young. The name of his first wife has been variously given by different writers ; some say it was Alice Spence, and others Elizabeth Spencer. Anciently the names of Elizabeth and Alice were convertible, one for the other. The records of the Herald's office, which are the best authority, say that her name was Alice Spence.
  • https://archive.org/stream/bookoflockesgene00lock#page/358/mode/2up
    • The following Pedigree is principally compiled from the Herald's Visitation and the Gentleman's Magazine.
  • JOHN LOCKE, Sheriff of London 1461, his Monument was in the Church of St. Mary, Bow, London. He was probably descended from Thomas Locke, of Merton Abbey, in Surrey. Lyson says the Rectory of Merton was granted to Thomas Locke by Edward III. in 1291. ; ch: Thomas (m. Joan Wilcock)
    • Thomas, merchant of London, d. 1507, buried at St Thomas of Acres, London. = Joan, only dau. and heir of Mr. Wilcock or Wilkokes, of Rotherman, in Yorkshire; d. 1512. ; ch: Sir William (m. Alice Spence & Katherine Cook & Eleanor, wid. Marshe & Elizabeth wid. Meredith), John (d.1519), Thomas (m. Mary Minister), Michael?
      • John, died s p. buried in Mercer's Chapel, London, 1519.
      • Thomas wf. Mary Minister at Merton 1552, probably was son of Thomas.
      • (Michael?)
      • Sir WILLIAM, Knt. and Alderman, b. 1480, d. 1550. He was knighted by Hen. VIII. for going over to Dunkirk and pulling down the Pope's bull; was sheriff of London 1548. Sir William was Gent. of the Privy Chamber. His 3d wf. was Eleanor, wid. of Walter Marshe. She d 1546. His 4th wf. was Elizabeth, widow of Robert Meredith. = 1st. Alice Spence or Elizabeth Spencer, of London who died in 1522, buried at Mercer's Chapel, London. ; ch: William (b. 1511), Philip (d.1524), Jane (m. Robt. Meredith), Peter (d.1517), William (b.1517), Richard (d.1516), Edmund (d.1516), Thomas (m. Mary Lounge), Matthew (m. Elizabeth Baker) Locke ; = 2d. Katherine, dau. of William, and sister and co-heir of Sir Thos Cook of Wiltshire, Knt. She was buried at Merton Abbey, Surrey. She d. Oct. 14, 1537. ; ch: Dorothy (m. Otwell Hill & Jno. Cosworth), Katherine (m. Thomas Stacey & William Matthew), Rose (m. Anthony Hickman & _ Throgmorton), John (d. France), Alice (d.1537), Thomasin (d.1530), Henry (m. Anne Vaughan), Michael (m. Jane Wilkinson & Margery Peryn), Elizabeth (m. Richard Hill & Nicholas Bullingham), John (d.1537) Locke
        • William, b. 1511, died 1517.
        • Philip, d. 1524, s. p.
        • Jane, born August 29, 1512; m. Robt. Meredith, of London, Mercer. ; ch: Mary (m. Richard Springham)
        • Peter, died 1517, s. p.
        • William b. 1517, d. 1519.
        • Richard d. 1516.
        • Edmund, died for love of Sir Brian Tuke's or Tuck's daughter 1545.
        • Thomas, b. Feb. 8, 1514, a merchant of London = Mary dau. of __ Lounge. ; ch: 1. William, 2. Rowland, 3. Mathew (m. Dau. of Sir William Allen), 4. John, 5. Mary Locke
          • .... etc.
        • Matthew, of London, Merchant. = Elizabeth dau. of __ Baker, d. 1551. ; ch: Elisabeth (m. Rich'd Chandler) Locke
          • .... etc.
        • Dorothy, md. 1. Otwell Hill, of Lond , merchant; 2. m. Jno. Cosworth, of Lond., merchant. ; ch: Thomas Cosworth.
        • Katherine, m. 1 Thomas Stacey, of London, mercer. 2 m. William Matthew of Bradden, Northamptonshire.
        • Rose, b. Dec. 26, 1526. 2 m __ Throgmorton, Esq., of Brampton, in Huntingtonshire She d. Novemb. 21, 1613, a 86. = 1. Anthony Hickman, merchant of London, son of Walter, of Woodford, in Essex. ; ch: William, Henry (m. Ann Wallop), Walter (m. Elisabeth Stanes), Anthony (d.1597), Matthew, Eleaser, Dau. (m. Robert Phillips) Locke
        • John, d. France s.p. went to Jerusalem 1553 and to Guinea 1554.
        • Alice, d. 1537, s p .
        • Thomasin, d. 1530, s. p.
        • Henry, of London, merchant and mercer. His will, dated Jan'y 18, 1570, proved Oct'r 31, 1571. = Anne Vaughan.
        • MICHAEL, of London, merchant. 2. m. Margery Peryn, wid. of Caesar Dalmarias, fa. of Sir Julius Caesar, Knt. = 1. Jane, dau. of William Wilkinson, mercer, and Shf. of London. ; ch: Matthew, Eleaser, Benjamin, Zachary, Dau. (m. Wm. Sanson), Dau. (m. __ Jenney) Locke
        • Elizabeth, b.Aug. 3, 1535, 2 m. Nicholas Bullingham, Bishop of Warcester, 1570, who d. 1576. Had one child. = Richard Hill, of London, who d. 1568, by him had 13 children. ; ch: Katherine, (m. Dr. Goad), Elisabeth (m. Edw'd Archbold), Margaret (m. Luke Smyth), Rowland (bap.1561), Otwell (b.1558), Mary (m. Sir Thos. Mounteford, MD), Ann (m. __ Andros) Hill
          • Katherine, bap. Aug. 23, 1554, marr'd Dr. Goad, and had Dr Goad sent by James to the Synod of Dort.
          • Elisabeth, b. 1557, at Antwerp, m. Edw'd Archbold, of Worcester.
          • Margaret, bap Sep. 8, 1560, m. Luke Smyth, clerk, and d. 1593.
          • Rowland, bap. Oct. 16, 1561.
          • Otwell, b. 1558
          • Mary, bap. June 5, 1562, m. Sir Thos. Mounteford, M D., whose dau. Bridget m. Sir John Bramston, Ld. Ch Jus. of Kings Bench.
          • Ann, bap. 1566, m. __ Andros, Pastor of Chesterton.
        • John, his mother died at his birth, and he d. the day after.
      • .... etc.
  • In a note on page 343, I commented on the statement made in the Gentleman's Magazine, that Michael Locke, the Father of Mathew of Pensford, was a younger Brother of Sir William, while other authorities had spoken of him as a son of Sir William. The principal reason that has influenced my opinion in favor the the statement in the Gent. Mag. is that the Michael Locke who was son of Sir William had three sons, Zachary, Benjamin, and Eleazer, and several daus., and that although these three sons speak of each other and their sisters in their wills, no mention is made of a bro. Matthew. On this Hypothesis, the descent of Matthew is represented by the dotted line.
  • https://archive.org/stream/bookoflockesgene00lock#page/361/mode/1up
  • "Elisabeth Lock was the 20th child of Sir William Lock, which is testified by a note written by himselfe in the said Bible. She was borne in Milk Streete, London, the 3d day of August, 1535. She had 2 husbands, beinge first married to Richard Hill, with whome she liued 18 yeares, and had by him 13 childrenn ; she continued a widow one yeare and a quarter, and then married [Nicholas] Bullingham, bishop of Worcester, and had one child by him. Hill died at Newington Greene, Sep. 1568; shee was very younge when she married Hill, for she was but 20 yeares old when she went with her husband into the Low Countries to Antwerpe ; and yet she had then 4 children ; she had fiue in Antwerpe. She hath not mentioned the names of all her children. What I find of them in that memoire is thus : her eldest daughter, Katharine Hill, was married to Dr. Goad ; she was baptised 23 April, 1554; of her was borne Dr. Goad, one of the diunes sent by King James I. vnto the Synod of Dort. Martha, the 2nd daughter maried to Luke Smyth, Clerke ; she was baptised 8th of September, 1560 ; she dyed at Worcester, 1593. Rowland, baptised 16th October, 1561. I thincke he had no issue male, but he had a daughter married to Mr. ___ ___ Munday. Mary, baptised 5th of June, 1562 ; she married Dr. Moundeford, from whome I am descended. Elizabeth, borne at Antwerpe the yeare before Queene Mary died, [1557]; she married with Edward Archbold, at Worcester. Otwell, borne alsoe at Antwerpe, the first yeare of Queene Elizabeth, [1558.] Ann, baptised 1566 ; married to Andros, I guess, parson of Chesterton. . . . .


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  • https://archive.org/details/familyhistoriesg12sali
  • https://archive.org/stream/familyhistoriesg12sali#page/605/mode/1up
  • The Lockes claim to have been a very ancient family, before the Conquest, originally Scotch, with the name Loch. The seat of our family, as we shall see, had been from early times at Merton, co. Surrey.
  • "I. William Locke[1] (Lock, Lok or Loke, as the name was indifferently spelt in early times) had two sons, viz : John[2] Locke, Citizen and Mercer of London, who died in 1519, leaving no issue, and
  • "II. Thomas [2] Locke, also Citizen and Mercer of London, who died in 1507. By his wife Joanna Wilcocks of Rotheram, co. York [an only daughter and heiress], who died in 1512, and was buried with her husband in Mercers' Chapel, he had a son, viz :
  • "III. Sir William [3] Locke, Knight, Alderman of London, who was born about 1486, as he was admitted to the freedom of London, at the
  • https://archive.org/stream/familyhistoriesg12sali#page/606/mode/1up
  • end of his apprenticeship, in 1507. He succeeded to his father's business and estate, and became an eminent tradesman and citizen. He received the royal appointment of Mercer to King Henry VIII., with whom he was an especial favorite, having a key to the King's Private Chamber, and occasionally entertaining him at dinner at his house in London. There are records in existence showing materials furnished by him to the royal household, including Queen Anna Boleyn and the Princess, afterwards Queen, Elizabeth, as also Will Somers, the King's Jester. After being several years an Alderman, he was elected Sheriff of London in 1548, and was knighted on the 3d of October in that year, but died before it was his turn to become Lord Mayor.
  • https://archive.org/stream/familyhistoriesg12sali#page/607/mode/1up
  • "Sir William Locke married four wives :
  • "1st, Alice daughter [and heiress] of a Citizen and Fishmonger of London named Spencer [or Spence], who has not yet been identified. She died in 1522, and was buried in Mercers' Chapel."
  • "The name of his first wife has been variously given by different writers ; some say it was Alice Spence, and others Elizabeth Spencer. Anciently the names of Elizabeth and Alice were convertible, one for the other. The records of the Herald's office, which are the best authority, say that her name was Alice Spence." ("Book of the Lockes.")
  • "2dly, Catharine daughter of William Cooke of Salisbury. She died in childbed of her eleventh child (Sir William's twentieth) 14 October 1537, and was buried at Merton, in Surrey."
  • She was daughter of Sir Thomas Cooke, Knt., of Wiltshire. (Burke's Extinct Baronetcies, London, 2d ed., 1844, 262-63.)
  • "3dly , Eleanor widow of Walter Marsh. They were married at St. Lawrence, Old Jewry, London, 13 May 1540, her first husband having been buried there the preceding 20th of January. She died in 1546, having had no issue.
  • "4thly , Elizabeth widow of Robert Meredith, Citizen and Mercer of London, and formerly wife of — Hutton. Their marriage license was granted 28 January 1547-48, her husband Meredith having been buried at St. Lawrence, Jewry, 9 January 1546-47. She survived Sir William Locke, having no issue by him, and was buried in Mercers' Chapel, London, 5 December 1551. The curious feature of this marriage was that she was the second wife and widow of Sir William Locke's own son-in-law, Robert Meredith having first married a daughter of Sir William by his first wife, as will be seen hereafter.
  • "Sir William Locke died at the age of about 64, on the 24th, and was buried in Mercers' Chapel [St. Thomas of Acres] 27 August 1550.
  • https://archive.org/stream/familyhistoriesg12sali#page/608/mode/1up
  • "By his second wife, Catharine Cooke, Sir William Locke had eleven children, viz : Dorothy,[4] Catharine,[4] John,[4] Alice,[4] Thomazin,[4] Francis[4] and a second John,[4] of none of whom is there anything of particular interest to record. The first two married tradesmen in London, and the others died without issue.
  • "Elizabeth,[4] one of the daughters [of Sir William Locke by his second wife], married: first, Richard Hill, Citizen and Mercer of London, and secondly, after his death in 1568, the Right Revd Nicholas Bullingham, Bishop of Worcester. By her first husband she had thirteen children, one of whom, Mary,[5] married Sir Thomas Moundeford, and was mother of Bridget,[6] who married Sir John Bramston, Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench.
  • "Rose,[4] another of the daughters, married, first, Anthony Hickman of London, Esq., and, secondly, Simon Throckmorton, of Brampton, co. Huntingdon, Esq. By her first husband she was ancestress of the Earls of Plymouth, their grandson Dixie[6] Hickman having married Elizabeth eldest daughter of Henry fifth Lord Windsor, and had a son Thomas,[7] who succeeded his uncle (by limitation of the patent) as seventh Lord Windsor, and was created Earl of Plymouth 6 December 1682. The title became extinct only on the death of the eighth Earl, 8 December 1843."
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  • https://archive.org/stream/familyhistoriesg12sali#page/609/mode/1up
  • " Of the sons [of Sir William Locke by his second wife], Michael[4] Locke became a Merchant of eminence in London, and was twice married : first, to Joane daughter of William Wilkinson, Sheriff of London ; and, secondly, to Margery widow of Dr. Caesar Adelmare, by whom she was the mother of the celebrated Sir Julius Caesar. Michael Locke had by his first wife five sons and three daughters, the eldest of whom, Zachary[5] Locke Esq., died in 1603, being then Member of Parliament for the Borough of Southwark.
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  • https://archive.org/stream/familyhistoriesg12sali#page/610/mode/1up
  • " The other son [of Sir William by his second wife], Henry[4] Locke, was also a Citizen and Merchant of London. He married Anne Vaughan, and had issue a daughter Anne,[5] who married Robert Moyle of Cornwall, whose descendants intermarried with the St. Aubyns and the Prideaux, among the best families in that county ; and two sons, viz : Michael[5] to whom the historian Hakluyt left a legacy in his Will ; and Henry[5] Locke (or Lok), a Poet of some note in his day, an edition of whose scarce productions was issued in 1871 by the Rev. Dr. Grosart.
  • "We now return to the children of Sir William Locke by his first wife, Alice Spencer [or Spence], who were nine in number, eight sons and one daughter, viz :
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  • "William,[4] Peter,[4] Richard,[4] and William,[4] the first, second, fourth and fifth sons, all died in infancy or childhood, before their mother. Philip,[4] the seventh son, died in 1524, unmarried. Edmund,[4] the sixth son, lived until 1545, but died unmarried. One of the old heralds added to the entry in one of the Visitation pedigrees : 'He died for love of Sir Brian Tuke's daughter.'
  • "Matthew,[4] Locke, the eighth son and youngest child, but second surviving, was a Citizen and Mercer of London, and married Elizabeth Baker ; by whom he had an only daughter Elizabeth,[5] who married Richard Candler [or Chandler] Esq., and had an only daughter Anne,[6] who married Sir Ferdinando Heyborne, Kt., one of the Gentlemen of the Privy Chamber to Queen Elizabeth. Matthew Locke died in 1552.
  • "Joan,[4] (or Jane, for she is called both), the only daughter, married Robert Meredith, Citizen and Mercer of London, who, after her death, remarried Elizabeth Hutton, widow, who in turn, after his death, remarried Sir William Locke, father of his first wife. From this Robert Meredith and Jane Locke descends the present Earl of Romney, through their daughter Mary[5] who married Richard Springham, whose daughter Magdalen[6] married Thomas Marsham, whose son was Sir John[7] Marsham, Baronet, whose grandson [Sir Robert9 Marsham] was created Lord Romney in 1716, whose grandson [Charles11 Marsham] was created Earl of Romney in 1801.
  • " We return now to the third son, but eldest and only surviving child, of Sir William Locke, by Alice Spencer, his first wife, viz :
  • "IV. Thomas[4] Locke, who was born on the 8th of February, 1514-15, and became, like his fathers, a Citizen and Mercer of London. He married, 19 January 1544-45, at St. Peter's, Cheapside, London, Mary daughter of Simon Long1 of the Isle of Wight, who, after his death, remarried Dr. Owen, and subsequently Sir William Allen, Kt., Alderman of London. In 1552-53 he obtained from King Edward VI. a grant of the Rectory of Merton, co. Surrey, which remained in the family for about one hundred years, when it was sold."
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  • Lincolnshire pedigrees Vol. 2 by Maddison, Arthur Roland
  • https://archive.org/details/lincolnshirepedi02madd
  • https://archive.org/stream/lincolnshirepedi02madd#page/233/mode/1up
  • Pg.493
    • Hickman of Gainsborough. Pg.493-496
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  • Walter Hickman of Woodford, co. Essex, 10 Henry 8, 1519; a benefactor to divers churches in Northamptonshire. = Alice, dau. of . . . . Jephson of Froyle, co. Hants. ; ch: William, Henry, Anthony (m. Rose Locke), Alice (m. John Waverley), Dorothy, Jane (m. John Ramridge) Hickman.
    • Anthony Hickman of London 1540, 3rd son, much in favour with Henry 8 and Edward 6. = Rose, dau. of Sir William Locke of London, Knt.; co-heir of her mother Catherine, dau. of Sir Thomas Cooke of Co. Wilts; died . . . . ; bur. at Gainsborough.
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Katherine Locke's Timeline

Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
December 26, 1526
Age 37
London, Middlesex , England
Age 40
Age 42
London, Middlesex, England
Age 44
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
August 3, 1535
Age 45
of London
October 14, 1537
Age 47
Surrey, England
October 14, 1537
Age 47
Merton, Surrey, England
Age 47