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Humphrey Hales, Esq.

Birthplace: The Dungeon, Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Humphrey Hales, Esq. and Joyce Atwater
Father of Robert Hales; Elizabeth Hales; John Hales, of Lenham and Samuel Hales, gent.
Brother of John Hales, Sr.; Sir James Hales; Samuel Hales; Abigail Hales; Margaret Hales and 3 others

Occupation: York Herald
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Humphrey Hales, Esq.

The elder son and heir of Sir JAMES HALES,

HUMPHREY HALES, esq. of the Dungeon, m. the daughter and heir [recte: coheir] of Robert Atwater, of Royton, near Lenham, and had issue,

JAMES (Sir), his heir.

HUMPHREY, who was York herald, left two sons,

  • John, of Lenham, who m. Margaret, daughter of George Took, of Beer, and was father of Anthony and Humphry.
  • Samuel, m. Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Hammond, Esq., of St. Albans Court, Kent.

ABIGAIL, m. to Anthony Sampson, of Knotts.

A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies ... By John Burke


Humphrey Hales is mentioned in Wagner’s Heralds of England, p. 200. He was a son of Humphrey Hales (the elder) by Joyce, daughter and coheiress (not heiress as per the 1619 Visitation) of Robert Waters or Atwater, of Royton, in the parish of Lenham, per a pedigree prepared before 1620 by this woman’s nephew, Robert Honnywood, published as “Honeywood Evidences” in the Topographer and Genealogist, 1853, which is discussed in J.B. Bright, The Brights of Suffolk, England (Boston, 1858), 86-90. This Humphrey Hales (the elder) was a son of the famous Sir James Hales (d. 1554), a justice of the Court of Common Pleas, on whom see Fuller’s Worthies of England, ed. Nuttall (3 vols., 1840), 2:132-3, and the D.N.B.

From the Genealogy Page of John Blythe Dobson

This page written 20 December 1999 - Last revised 15 December 2011



Bluemantle, appd 1583, pat. 23 June, cr. 3 November 1584.

York, pat. 30 April, cr. 4 June 1587.

S. of Humphrey Hales of the Dongeon, Canterbury, and younger brother of Sir James Hales; B.A. Pembroke College, Cambridge, 1572; Gray's Inn 1573; Bluemantle 1583; d. 16 January 1592.

(1619 Vis'n of Kent; etc.)

Arms: Gules, 3 arrows argent, barbs & feathers or. Crest: An arm in armour argent, the hand proper darting an arrow or, barbs & feathers argent, a scarf gules tied about the wrist.

York Herald Pages 182-193

Survey of London Monograph 16, College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street. Originally published by Guild & School of Handicraft, London, 1963.


Procession of heralds at funeral of Sir Philip Sidney, 1587

William Segar, Garter. Humphrey Hales, Bluemantle 1583, York Herald 4th June 1587, died 16th June 1591. Nicholas Paddy, Rouge Dragon 30th September 1574, Lancaster Herald 30th June 1588. Richard Lee, Richmond Herald 1584, Clarencieux 11th May 1594, died 23d September 1597. Robert Glover, Somerset Herald 1571, died 1588. Richard Cooke, Clarencieux.

--Heraldic Exhibition Edinburgh, 1891, p. 132.


Possibly a letter to from Gabriel Harvey to Humphrey Hales:


f. 99. Syr Halles, I am not a litle glad, I assure you, to heare what paines you take with your schollars ; nether doubt I but thai proffit and go forward accordingly. Whitch if thai do, as I hope verrely thai do, you cannot think your travail better emploid ani other way to my iudgment. Nihil enim Reip[ublicae] utilius prudenti et compendiaria Juventutis institutione. To whitch effect you and I ons, as I remember, had sum conferens. I suppose your self remember the time when, and the particulars whereuppon, as well, and parhaps better then I. At this present I can sai no more ; but Macte virtute : mi laisure is so smal from other necessarie and urgent busines. At sum other time, it mai be, I wil not steek to open mi mind and fansi unto you, touching y e most commodius and compendius way of teaching. In the mean while let this suffice, as y e specialist properti of a good schoolmaster, to teach none but y e choisist and purist autors, ether for prose or verse ; [f. 99] that is, in y e lernidist mens iudgments, for th'on Tullie and Caesar, for y e other Terens and Virgil. Whereunto if you have that regard that I trust you have, and therewith use sutch discretion in reading and teaching them as I knowe you maie, and hope you doe, no dout you must needs proffit both your self and your schollars ex- ceedingly. I had thought to have sent you a pretti treatise of Henricus Schorus a touching y e ordering of his schoole, being in a manner an extract of Kamus worthie oration pro philosophica Parisiensis Academise disciplina ; but suerly it was not to be gotten amongst all our stationers, and mine owne I gave away to a frend of mine above a munth ago. Wherefore, in steade thereof, I thought good to bestowe uppon you those two bookes, whitch in mie iudgment might stand you in singular steade for y e better under- standing and resolving of all good autors ; and whereof Schorus in his treatise

[Castera desunt.]

a " Specimen et forma legitima tradendi sermones et ratlonis disciplinas ex P. Rami scriptis collecta" Strassbnrg, 1572. 8vo.

a: Humphrey Hales, B.A. 1572, of Pembroke Hall; afterwards York Herald in 1587. He died 16 June, 1591.

--Letter-book of Gabriel Harvey, A.D. 1573-1580, The Camden Miscellany, Volume 33, 1884

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Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom
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Lenham, Kent, England, United Kingdom
June 16, 1591
Age 51
Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom