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Thomas Houghton

Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Houghton Tower,Lancashire,England
Death: November 21, 1589 (49)
Lea Hall,Preston,Lancashire,England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Richard Houghton, Steward of Amounderness and Alice Houghton
Husband of Anne Houghton and Ann Lever
Father of Sir Richard Houghton, MP, 1st Baronet of Hoghton Towers; William Houghton; Thomas Houghton; Adam Houghton; Henry Houghton and 3 others
Brother of Richard Houghton; Agnes Houghton; Alice Houghton; Anne Houghton; Rowland Houghton and 1 other
Half brother of Thomas Hoghton; Thomas Houghton; Isabella Holden; Catherine Clifton; Alexander Houghton and 2 others

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About Thomas Houghton

Houghton genealogy published 1912 online pdf file:


Thomas Hoghton was the son of Sir Richard de Hoghton and unknown daughter (?).2 He married Anne Keighley, daughter of Henry Keighley.1 He died on 21 November 1589 at Lea, Cheshire, England, killed in an affray.3

Child of Thomas Hoghton and Anne Keighley

  • Sir Richard Hoghton, 1st Bt.+2 d. 12 Nov 1630

Citations [* S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1070. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

  • [S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • [S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 1070.

Hoghton Tower

, a Grade I listed building is the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family. The de Hoghtons are descended directly from Harvey de Walter, one of the companions of William the Conqueror, and through the female line from Lady Godiva of Coventry, wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia.

Since its re-creation in 1565 by Thomas Hoghton this ancient, fortified, hilltop manor house has retained its Tudor-Elizabethan character and construction in its entirety. It occupies a commanding position, 650ft above sea level mid-way between Preston and Blackburn, with magnificent views of Lancashire, the Lake District and North Wales. Hoghton Tower is the only true baronial residence in Lancashire and is the home of the 14th Baronet, Sir Bernard de Hoghton.

Over the centuries many royal guests have been welcomed and entertained here including James I, William III, George V & Queen Mary and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Other distinguished visitors include William Shakespeare, J.M.W. Turner and Charles Dickens. The house was completed by Thomas Hoghton in 1565, but Thomas, a Catholic, stayed in it only four years before fleeing to the Low Countries, where he died.

Thomas' nephew Richard earned the favour of James I, who made him a Baronet in 1611 and visited Hoghton in 1617

Sir Richard laid out the red carpet for James' visit - literally. Red carpeting was laid for the entire length of the half mile avenue leading to the house. Richard's good fortune did not last long; only a few years later he was imprisoned in Fleet Prison for debt.

Richard's son, Sir Gilbert, fought for Charles I in the Civil War, though Gilbert's own son (named Richard, like his grandfather), chose the Roundhead cause, and Hoghton Tower was besieged by Parliamentary troops in 1643. Eventually the defenders capitulated, but when the Roundheads entered the house the powder magazine in the tower between the two courtyards exploded, killing over 100 Parliamentary men. The tower was never rebuilt.

Succeeding generations of Hoghtons were fervent Presbyterian Dissenters, and the banqueting hall was often used as a Dissenting chapel.

Later generations of Hoghtons took a strong interest in parish affairs, and moved away from Hoghton Tower to be closer to the political action. Without them the house fell into disuse, and when Charles Dickens visited it in 1854 he found it in a depressing state of disrepair. The mood of the place prompted Dickens to write a story, "George Silverman's Explanation", in which the house features prominently.

Hoghton Tower was not restored until 1870, after a century of neglect. Despite the loss of many family portraits and collectibles in a fire, the work was finished in 1901, and visitors today can see several attractive rooms in a guided tour that lasts about 40 minutes. Highlights include excellent Queen Anne panelling, the galleried banqueting hall, good period furniture, and a doll house collection. You may also delve into a Tudor well house.

Today, Hoghton Tower is the regimental base of Sir Gilbert Hoghton's Company of Foote, a regiment of The Sealed Knot battle re-enactment society.

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Houghton Tower,Lancashire,England
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of Hoghton Tower, Leyland, Lancashire
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