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Sir Hugh Hamersley, II

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Pyrton Manor, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Hugh De Homersley, I and Anne Mary Hamersley
Husband of Marie Hammersley
Father of Sarah Hamersley; Margaret Morecroft; Jane Harris; Susannah Smyth; John Hamersley and 9 others

Occupation: Lord Mayor of London
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About Sir Hugh Hamersley, Lord Mayor of London

Hamersley's family estate was at Pyrton Manor near Oxford, but he rose to prominence in London as a businessman.

6 NOV 1597 He married Marie (Mary) Dereham

  • daughter of Baldwin Dereham and Margaret nee Hethe,
  • at the Church of St. Mary Magdalen*, Milk Street, London.

(*later destroyed in the Great Fire of London, 1666)

Sir Hugh Hamersley was the Lord Mayor of London 1627, after which he was knighted by King Charles I. [Source: A History of the Office of the Lord Mayor of London: The office of the Lord Mayor of London was instituted in 1189. Each Lord Mayor is elected for a 1 year term and, by custom, does not usually serve more than once although there have been a number of Lord Mayors that have served more than one term]

Portrait and copy of Coat of Arms in Haberdashers Hall, London.

Sir Hugh was also

  • Eldest Alderman and First Colonel of the City of London 1619-1633,
  • President of Christ's Hospital Charitable School (1634),
  • President of the Artillery Garden (now the Honourable Artillery Company).
  • During the 1620s he was on the board of several merchant companies, including Governor of the Company of Russia Mercants
  • and those of the Levant, Spain, E. India, France and Virginia.
  • Master of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers.

The Second Virginia Charter - May 23, 1609 - signed by Sir Hugh Hamersley

UK, Extracted Probate Records

  • Text: Dereham, Derham, Nich., d. overseas. To Hugh Hamerslie, cred., 1606 , p. 42.
  • Book: Index to Acts of Administration in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1596 - 1608 (Acts of Administration)
  • Collection: England: Canterbury - Administrations in The Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1596-1608

After his death a memorial was erected by his widow in the church of St Andrew Undershaft, London. and his Tomb and monument 1637. In his will, Hugh left £50 to buy bread for the poor, but only £35 was left over after his debts were paid. Mary made up the difference in 1640. 

Sir Hugh Hamersley has been the topic of some controversy. The subject of the controversy is the Asbourne Portrait, allegedly of Shakespeare, but suggested to actually be of Sir Hugh himself. The following links relate to this issue.

       * http://www.shakespeare-oxford.com/ashbour2.htm
       * http://shakespeareauthorship.com/ashbourne.html
       * http://www.shakespearefellowship.org/Newsletter/Ashbourne-Part_II_Winter_2002.pdf 
       *  The Ashbourne Portrait of Shakespeare: Through the Looking Glass, by William L. Pressly, Shakespeare Quarterly, 1993, pp. 54-72.  

The Hamersley coat of arms was given to Hugh Hamersley.

More information can be sought at Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Western Manuscripts - Record Reference MDD SS Ducat Hamersley.

  • This covers 1439-1891:
  • title deeds 1663-1882,
  • estate papers 1439-1891 - Pyrton Manor
  • family and personal papers 1834-89
  • 1627, Lord Mayor of London
  • Portrait and Coat of Arms, Haberdashers Hall, London, England

London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

  • Name Hugh Hamersley
  • Burial Date 24 Oct 1636
  • Parish St Andrew Undershaft
  • County London
  • Borough City of London
  • Record Type Burial
  • Register Type Parish Register

Sir Hugh Hamersley (6 July 1565 – 19 October 1636) was a 17th-century merchant who was Lord Mayor of London in 1627.

Business interests Hamersley's family estate was at Pyrton Manor near Watlington, Oxfordshire, but he rose to prominence in London as a merchant. From 1601 he was a member of the Haberdasher's Company. He was a member of the committee of the East India Company from 1606 to 1611 and again from 1614 to 1620. He was a member of the Court of Assistants from 1614 to 1618 and Treasurer from 1618 to 1620.[1]

Later career Hamersley was Sheriff of London for the year 1618 to 1619 and was elected an alderman of the City of London for Bishopsgate ward on 16 July 1619. He was Master of the Haberdashers Company from 1619 to 1620 and became president of the Honourable Artillery Company in 1619, retaining the position until 1633. In 1622 he became alderman for Aldgate ward until his death. He became Governor of the Russia Company and Governor of the Levant Company in 1623. In 1627 he became Lord Mayor of London and served another term as Master of the Haberdashers Company. After his term as Mayor he was knighted by King Charles I on 8 June 1628. He was a member of the committee of the East India Company from 1630 to 1636. He became Colonel Trained Bands of the City in 1631. In 1634 he became president of Christ's Hospital charitable school.[1]

After Hamersley's death a memorial was erected by his widow in the church of St Andrew Undershaft, London. He had married in 1597, fathering fifteen children. A portrait of him in mayoral robes was donated to Haberdasher's Hall, London by his great-grandson in 1716. The Ashbourne portrait is also believed to represent Hamersley, and not, as long thought, William Shakespeare.

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Sir Hugh Hamersley, Lord Mayor of London's Timeline

1565
1565
Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
1598
1598
Age 33
1599
1599
Age 34
1600
November 27, 1600
Age 35
City of London, Greater London, UK
1602
January 10, 1602
Age 37
1603
1603
Age 38
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1604
1604
Age 39
1604
Age 39
1605
1605
Age 40