Name: John Hassard 1
Birth: 1531 in Bridport, Dorset
Death: 7 NOV 1612
Residence: Lyme Regis, Dorset
Occupation: Mayor of Lyme. MP
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Change Date: 15 FEB 2010
The Hassards were already in Lyme by 1377.
The church of St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis, is fortunate to possess two fine examples of Jacobean wood carving in the pulpit and the west gallery. . . The west gallery was given by John Hassard and carries the inscription "John Hassard built this to the glory of almighty God in the eightieth year of his age Anno Domini 1611". The additional words "seven times Mayor'; have unfortunately been lost.
[as presumably has DECEASED THE SEVENTH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 1612. - quoted by Swanzy in 1903]
The youngest son:-?JOHN HASSARD of Lyme,
Mayor of Lyme, 1567, 1572, 1578, 1582, 1588, 1601, M.P. for Lyme Regis 1584, 1586 and 25 Feb 1603-4, was b. 1531 at Bridport.
He married Thomasine dau. of John Parrot [elsewhere Perrot].
He was left by his father sole to all his landed property in Bridport, Waldish and Lyme. He also became by purchase, on the part of himself or his father lord of the Manor of Beer in the county of Devon. "This manor belonged before the Conquest to the Abbey of Horton which in 1122 was annexed, with all its lands to Sherborne Abbey. After the Dissolution it was in jointure to Queen Catherine Parr. The manor was afterward purchsed by the family of Hassard of Lyme, and sold by them before 1630, and is now the property of Lord Rolle. A moiety of the manor had been for some time in in the Poles family, having been purchsed of the Hassards by Sir William Pole's father." (Lyson's Magna Britannica, Devonshire.) On Mr. Hassards resignation of his seat in Parliament (in 1587 or 1588) his cousin Mr. Robert Hassard was immediately appointed in his place.
From: 'Parishes: Salcombe Regis - Silverton', Magna Britannia: volume 6: Devonshire (1822), pp. 430-451 :
The manor of Beer belonged, before the Conquest, to the abbey of Horton, which in 1122 was annexed, with all its lands, to Sherbourne Abbey. After the dissolution, it was in jointure to Queen Catherine Parr. The manor was afterwards purchased by the family of Hassard of Lyme, and the demesnes by Mr. John Starr. The whole, before 1630, became, by purchase, the property of a branch of the Walronds, settled at Bovey, in this parish. A moiety of the manor had been for some time in the Poles, having been purchased of the Hassards by Sir William Pole's father, and sold by himself to Walrond.
Duke Law Journal.
During Elizabeth?s reign, the House of Commons began successfully to assert exclusive jurisdiction to determine questions about its own composition, including jurisdiction to determine whether a member would be permitted to resign. The House, however, proved no more willing to excuse its members from service than the Crown had?it allowed resignations only for sickness or other public service, and sometimes not even for those. In November 1605, two members sought leave to resign. John Hassard, a member for Lyme Regis, insisted that he was unable to serve ?by Reason of the Gout.? The Committee of Privileges reported that Hassard came before them and that he ?walked in Fear only.? The committee nevertheless recommended ?[t]hat he should serve still,? and the House agreed. (The precise reasons for refusing to allow Hassard to leave the House at this point are unclear, but the committee may have concluded that he simply was not sick enough to get out of his obligations.) Indeed, he remained in the House until 1609, when his constituents petitioned the House to allow him to resign. The committee found that he was ?incurable?bed-rid,? and he was finally allowed to leave the House.
See The House of Commons, 1558-1603: Members, D-L By P. W. Hasler. P 268.
Father: John Hassard b: 1498
Thomasine Parrot or Perrot
- John Hassard
- Text: Descendents of John Hassard and Thomasine Perrot.
Some account of the family of Hassard, with a list of descendants in England and Ireland, by the Rev Henry Biddall Swanzy MA, 1903
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