Edmund "the Puritan" Hopwood

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Edmund "the Puritan" Hopwood

Birthplace: Hopwood Hall, Middleton, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: 1612 (65-75)
Immediate Family:

Son of Edmund Hopwood and Anne Hopwood
Brother of Ann Valentine
Half brother of Robert Hopwood; John Hopwood and Elizabeth Belfield

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About Edmund "the Puritan" Hopwood

Edmund the Puritan 1541-1612

During the early years of the Reformation the Hopwood's appeared to remain Catholic, however, as persecution continued over the years newer generations of Hopwoods turned away from the old religion. To refuse to do so often meant loss of privilege and confiscation of lands.

In the reign of Elizabeth I a map was compiled by Lord Burghley showing the family seats of the gentry who were Catholics or of dubious loyalty to the Church of England. A cross appears on this map next to Hopwood Hall. The old squire Edmund Hopwood married into a family of persecuted Catholics, and probably the old man, who had practiced the old religion for many years, remained a Catholic. His grandson Edmund later became a Protestant, and through his zeal as a magistrate, for fining Catholic gentry, became a deputy-lieutenant of the Earl of Derby and was honored with other positions of prominence at that time. The Queen sent her thanks to Earl Derby, the Bishop of Chester, Mr. Edmund Hopwood and others for their rigorous persecution of the Lancashire Catholics.

Parson Fleetwood of Wigan, a leading Reformer, recommended a Mr. Hopwood and a Mr. Banister to Lord Burghley for their approved service in persecution, referring to them as "…sound gentlemen". Hopwood wrote to the Archbishop of York concerning "the gross idolatry and heathen profanations which yet continue among us." He was, at first, a great defender of Puritanism urging the bishops to be lenient with them; but later in life he changed his views, and said that he regretted the "fanatical and schismatic preachers have taken refuge in my part of Lancashire."

Edmund, the second son of Edmund the Puritan seems to have returned to the faith of his grandfather, for he is recorded in the Douai (Catholic University in Northern France) series for 1603 -1606 and may have taken Holy Orders. However, like his grandson, Edmund the Puritan was apparently a witch hunter. He imposed some harsh penalties against those of the old faith. Also it is said that Guy Fawkes was in Manchester with some of his accomplices planning the 'Gunpowder Plot' and that he visited from one sympathetic house to another and made a short visit to Hopwood Hall during the days of the senior Edmund. The old squire died on the 6th of February 1612.


The Hopwood Connection http://www3.telus.net/public/a3a87173/hopwoods_of_hopwood.htm

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Edmund "the Puritan" Hopwood's Timeline

Middleton, Lancashire, England
Age 71