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Thomas Hobart, "The Martyr"

Also Known As: "Hobart", "Hubbard", "The Martyr"
Birthplace: Plumsread, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Snoring Magna Parish, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
Cause of death: Burned at the stake for heresy when he refused to give up Protestantism.
Place of Burial: Hornden-on-Hill, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Miles Hubbard; Miles Hobart; Ellen Hobart and Ellinor Hobart
Husband of Helana Hubbard; Audrey Hobart; Audrea Hubbard and Frances Hubbard
Father of elizabeth hubbard; Sir Henry Hobart, 1st Baronet of Intwood; Ellin Blennerhasset; Jeremiah Hubbard; Miles Hobart and 5 others
Brother of John Hobart of Thwayte; James Hubbard and Sir Henry Hobart, Kt.

Occupation: Informer to Bishop, Farmer
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About Thomas Hobart, of Plumstead

Thomas Hobart of Snoring Manor in Plumsread of the County of Norfolk, England, was born between 1525-1537 and christened in Hingham Parish. He died on 17 Jan 1599 in Hingham, Norfolk, England.

Parents: son of Miles Hobbart (b. Abt 1479, Norwich, Norfolk, England) and Ellinor Blaverhasset (b. Abt 1507, of Norfolk, Norfolk, England - d. Bef 22 Feb 1557, of , Norfolk, England)


  1. Abt 1561 of Plumstead, Norfolk, England to Audrea Hare [2], daughter of William and Alice (Rugge) Hare

4 children of Thomas Hobart and Audrea Hare include:

  1. Henry Hobart - born 1553 - married Dorothy Bell, the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Beaupre) Bell -Henry died December 29, 1625, about 72 years old.
  2. Miles Hobart - born 1564
  3. Mary Hobart - born about 1567
  4. Ellin Hobart - born about 1569


  • Thomas Hobart was probably the first of the dissenting Puritans in the Hobart line. St. Andrews Church records show that Thomas, who was lord of the manor in Hingham, was married to Helen Winsofer on July 30, 1569, at Snoring Magna, Essex. He died on May 30, 1603.
  • 1. Edmund's parents were: Thomas Hobart bc 1531 Snoring Magna, Norfolk, m 30 July 1569 Snoring Magna, Helena Winsofer
  • 2. grandparents: Andrew Hobart and Margery Ryce, dau of Robert Ryce (she gives information that Edmund was a second son of Thomas and that Thomas and Helena had as their first son Andrew, baptised probably at St. Andrew's church in Snoring Magna on 25 Jan 1572; thus Thomas' first son was named for his father; was their second son Edmund named for Helena's father????)
  • 3. gt gr parents: Nicholas Hobart and Joan Stansbury
  • 4. 2nd gt grpar: William Hobart of Monks Leigh born in the 18th year of the reign of Edward the Fourth, died 23 Feb 1517; no wife given
  • 5. 3rd gt grpar: Thomas Hobart (of Gedford Street?) who was alive in 1494; no wife given Sir James Hobart of Hales Hall from whom the line down to Henry and Dorothy Bell descend, was his son and thus brother of William of Monks Leigh.
  • Known as Thomas "The Martyr" - burned at the stake.
  • Refused to recant his Protestantism. One of 300 burned at the stake on May 26, 1555, Essex, England.

Q.V. Fox's "Book of Martyrs" (Book III, Chapter 14), under the name of Thomas Higbed. During reign of Queen Anne From "The Ancestors and Descendents of Rev. Henry Clark "

Others belive that Higbed and Hubbard are two separate people.


NOT to be confused with:

Thomas HUBBARD was born about 1530. He died on 26 Mar 1555.

He was expelled from Menlesham in 1556 because of his religious beliefs.  He and his wife returned there sometime during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1. Burned at the stake for religious convictions, Medelsham, Suffolk, England.

Thomas Hubbard of England was the grand father of Samuel Hubbard, is not known to have been a Sabbath keeper, but for the truth's sake he was burned at the stake March 26, 1555, in the reign of Bloody Mary, Queen of England.

The father of Samuel Hubbard was James Hubbard. The father of James Hubbard was Thomas Hubbard, Samuel's mother was Naomi, daughter of Thomas Cocke, England, Thomas Cocke had a Testament [Bible], printed in 1549, which was afterward owned by Samuel Hubbard.

Thomas HUBBARD were married WFT Est 1549-1581.1 Thomas HUBBARD had the following children:

i. James HUBBARD.

from "Ancestors of Justin Tanner KNULL"


"John Foxe's Acts and Monuments of the English Martyrs"

states only that he was forced to flee his home (the numbers 1563, 1570, 1576 refer to years that three editions of "Foxe's Book of Martyrs" was published):

online index:-


Mrs Hubbard

Wife of Thomas Hubbard. Of Mendlesham.

The wife of Thomas Hubbard was persecuted by John Tyrrel and forced to flee Mendlesham. 1563, p. 1522, 1570, p. 2093, 1576, p. 1806, 1583, p. 1912.

Thomas Hubbard

Of Mendlesham.

Thomas Hubbard was persecuted by John Tyrrel and forced to flee Mendlesham. 1563, p. 1522, 1570, p. 2093, 1576, p. 1806, 1583, p. 1912.


The 1563 version says (p 1522):

These here vnder were persecuted out of the towne of Mendelsam, in the countye of Suffolke by Syr Ihon Tirrell [Sir John Tyrrel] of Gipping hal.

Symon Harlstoun and Katherine hys wyfe

with his fyue children.

VVilliam VVhiting and Katherin his wife.

Thomas Dobson and his wife.

Thomas Hubbard and his wyfe.

Iohn Doncon and his wife and his mayde.

VVilliam Doncon.

Thomas VVodward the elder.

One Konnoldes wyfe.

And a pore wydowe.

And also one mother Semons mayde.


Besides those that he constrayned and enforced to do against theire conscience, by the helpe of the parishe priest, whose name is Syr Iohn Brodishe [Sir John Brodish, Parish priest of Mendlesham in Suffolk].


¶ These be the chefest causes why those aboue named were persecuted.


The fayth and doctrin of these confessours,

FIrst, they dyd hold & beleue the holy worde of God, to be the fufficient doctrine vnto theyr saluacion.

The fayth and doctrin of these confessours,

Secondly, they denyed the Popes vsurped authority, and dyd hold al that church of Antichrist to be Christes aduersaryes, further refused the abused sacramentes, defied the masse and al Popish seruice and Ceremonies, saing they robbed God of his honnor, and Christ of his death and glory, and would not come at church, without it wer to the defacing of that they dyd there.

Thyrdly, they did hold, that the ministers of the church, by Godes worde might laufully marry.

Fourthly, they held the Quene as cheife head: and wicked rulers a great plague sente of God for sinne. &c.

Fiftly, they denyed mans free will, and that the Popes church did erre, and many other in that pointe with them, rebukinge their false confidence in workes, and their false trust in mannes righteousnes. Also when any rebuked those persecuted for going so openly, and talking so frely, their answer was: they knowledge, confesse and beleue, and therfore they must speake. And their tribulacion that it was Gods good wil and prouidence, and that hys iudgmentes were righte, to punish thē with other for their sinnes. And that of very faythfullnes and mercy God had caused them to be troubled. So that one heare of theyr heades shoulde not perishe before the tyme: but all thinges should worke vnto the beast, to them that loue God. And that Christ Iesus was their life and onely righteousnes: and that onely by fayth in him, and for his sake al good thinges were freely geuen them: also forgiuenes of sinnes, and lyfe euerlasting.

Many of these foresayd persecuted, were of greate substance, and hadde possessions of their owne.


Geue God the prayse.


However (again), some people say that the story of Thomas Higbed in Foxe's book (link above) is actually the story of Thomas Hubbard:

Thomas Higbed

(d. 1555)

Gentleman, martyr

Thomas Higbed was denounced to Bonner and detained at Colchester together with Thomas Causton and Henry Wye. Bishop Bonner and John Feckenham came to Colchester to attempt to convert them. When these efforts failed, Causton and Higbed were transported to London. 1563, pp. 1103-4; 1570, p. 1716; 1576, p. 1465; 1583, p. 1539.

Higbed was examined by Bonner on 17 February 1555. 1563, p. 1104; 1570, pp. 1716-17; 1576, p. 1465; 1583, p. 1539.

He was examined by Bonner on 18 February 1555. 1563, pp. 1104 and 1108-09; 1570, p. 1717; 1576, pp. 1465-66; 1583, pp. 1539-40. [The date is given as 'xxviii Feb.' in the 1563 edition; this is probably a misprint.]

He was again examined by Bonner on 1 March 1555. 1563, pp. 1104-05; 1570, pp. 1717-18; 1576, p. 1466; 1583, p. 1540.

He was further examined by Bonner on 8 March 1555 1563, p. 1105; 1570, p. 1718; 1576, p. 1466; 1583, p. 1540.

Higbed was examined and condemned by Bonner on 9 March 1555. 1563, pp. 1105-07; 1570, pp. 1718-19; 1576, pp. 1466-68; 1583, pp. 1541-42.

Higbed was sent to Newgate and was later taken, together with William Hunter, to Brentwood. He was detained there with Hunter, before being sent to execution at nearby Horndon-on-Hill, Essex. Higbed comforted William Hunter's mother. He was executed on 26 March 1555. 1563, pp. 1107-08; 1570, pp. 1715 and 1719-20; 1576, pp. 1464 and 1468; 1583, pp. 1538 and 1542.

[Foxe sometimes refers to him as 'Higbee'.]

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Thomas Hobart, of Plumstead's Timeline

Plumsread, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
Age 17
Hingham, Norfolk, England
Age 21
Plumbstead, Norfolk, England
Age 27
Age 27
Plumstead, Norfolk, England
Age 30
Plumstead, Norfolk, United Kingdom, England
Age 31
Essex, England
Age 33
Hingham, Norfolk, England