John Hotchkiss


Personal and Family Information

John was born about 1440 in England, the son of William Hotchkiss but his mother is unknown.

He died before 1506 in England.

His wife was Margaret Heynes. They were married, but the date and place have not been found. Their four known children were Richard (c1472-1557), William (c1475-<1551), Thomas (c1477-c1552) and Roger (c1480-c1573).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


John Hotchkiss


William Hotchkiss


William Hotchkiss


William Hotchkiss



BirthABT 1440
Place: England
DeathBEF 1506
Place: England
Place: Pulverbatch, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England


Occupationpossible Knight under Richard III, saddler




Note 1

!StyleName: John Hochekys [Hotchkiss] of Castle Pulverbatch.

!Note: Apparent Hawkeswood line.

!Source: Tree of the Family of Hotchkiss of Hoxwood in the County of Salop copied from Heralds College.

Abstracted from the Records in the College of Arms, London, Septermber 29th 1800. C35 fo 59.

Pim Salop, Signed Francis Townsend, Windosor Herald, Francis Martin Blue Mantle.

Later part added by Richard James Hotchkis, son of James Hotchkis 1904, singed Richard Ja Hotchkis

…, Hotchkis of Hoxwood to whom these Arms were given by Richard III ano 1484,…

!Source: Shrewsbury Burgess Roll,

Shropshire archæological and parish register society,

Authors: Shrewsbury [England], Herbert Edward Forrest,

Editor: Herbert Edward Forrest,

Publisher: Printed by W.B. Walker, 1924,

Original from: the University of California,

Digitized Jun 12, 2010, 322 pages

Other early Hotchkiss family.


William, of S., draper, s. John of Pulverbatch 1495 <<<<

William, of S. smith, s. Richard of Ashe, Whitchurch. 1519

Richard, of S., carpenter, s. William of Petton, husbandman. 1559.

Richard, of S., clothworker, s. Thomas, of Abbots Betton, yeoman. 1623.


Grant of land in Castle Pulverbatch.


Document Reference: 6001/2342/12928

System Reference: X6000/44/1/12928


Level: Item

Date: 25 Mar 1506

Description: "Sciant presentes etc." >>> Margaret Hochekys relic of John Hochekys of Castle Pulverbatch <<<, daughter and heir of Thomas Heynes of Wyldyrley, gives etc. to Thomas Hochekys her son, her lands etc. in Castle Pulverbatch which descended to her on the death of her father. Witnesses:- Thomas Leighton Knight seneschat, Thomas Janyns of Waliburne bailiff, Rowland Janyns of Waliburne, Thomas de le In of Botfeld, William Partriche of Wyldesley. At Castle Pulverbatch, 25 March 21 Henry VII.


X6000/44: Phillipps manuscripts - purchased at Sotheby's sale 1938

X6000/44/1: Papers relating to Castle Pulverbatch.

X6000/44/1/12928: Grant of land in Castle Pulverbatch. [25 Mar 1506]


May 1515

3 May. 413. For JOHN HOCHEKYSE of Knoll, Warw., of Bewedeley, Salop, of Derby, Westchester, Cheshire, or of London, saddler.

Pardon. Westm., 3 May. With this note: Pro Deo quia pauper ac per mandatum Domini Cancellarii ac auctoritate Curiæ Cancellariæ.

Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 7.

Note: Was this pardon for being a knight on the losing side with Richard III?


!Note: If a Hotchkiss was knighted by Richard III, this would be the person between Jul 1483 and Aug 1485.

!Source: Will of Margaret Hart Hotchkiss, 3 Apr 1875, and updated several times. Widow of James Hotchkiss writer to the Signet. There was a family diamond ring given by Richard the 1st to one of the Family who was "Lord Mair" of London - give to son Richard to go down in straight male line from her son Richard.

Note: As there was only one Lord Mayor during Richard I, this would have been Henry FitzAilwin, who was not Norman, despite the name. However, if she actually menat Richard III, there would have been a bit more choice including Sir Thomas Hill, who’s father appears to be from Hodnet, Shropshire and his mother from Malpas, Cheshire, both of which are near locations which relate to the Hotchkiss family. It should be noted that Lord Mayors are also commonly knighted.

Richard I [8 September 1157 – 6 April 1199] was King of England from 1189 until his death. List of lord mayors of London

1189–1212 Henry FitzAilwin [Draper][a] First Mayor of London. Died in his twenty-fourth term.

He was not of Norman decent.


It was once customary for Lord Mayors to be appointed knights upon taking office and baronets upon retirement, unless they already held such a title.

1482 Sir Edmund Shaa Goldsmith

1483 Sir Robert Billesdon Haberdasher[d]

1484 Sir Thomas Hill Grocer Died in office. <<<

1485 Sir William Stoker Draper Died in office.

1485 Sir John Warde Grocer

1485 Sir Hugh Bryce Grocer

1486 Sir Henry Colet Mercer First of two terms.


[Lord Mayor of London, 1484]. Sa. a chev. erm. betw. three lions pass. guard. ar.

Thomas HILL

Born in 1460 - Hodnet, Shropshire, England

Deceased in 1506 - England , age at death: 46 years old ???


Humphrey HILL, born in 1404 - Hodnet, Shropshire, England, Deceased in 1484 - Shropshire, England age at death: 80 years old

Married to

Agnes BIRD, born in 1410 - Malpas, Cheshire, England, Deceased - Shropshire, England


1473. Sir Thomas Hill. He died when Mayor, and his successor in the Mayoralty [Sir W. Stokker] five days later, four other Aldermen [J. Stokker, T. Breteyn, T. Northland and R. Rawson] also dying within the space of a month. [fn. 2] They were victims of an epidemic called the 'Sweating Sickness.'

!Source: Timeline of the Kings and Queens of England - House of York

Edward IV was King of England from 4 March 1461 until 3 October 1470,and again from 11 April 1471 until his death in 1483.


Shropshire Notes and Queries: Volumes 6-8

HOTCHKIS OF HOXWOOD. I shall be glad of any information about this old Shropshire family, whose pedigree was entered at the 1663 Visitation. This pedigree states that their "Arms were given by Richard III. anno. 1484.” These are— Party per pale gules and azure, a chevron engrailed or between three lions rampant argent. In what parish is Hoxwood [qu. Sidbury or Billingsley], and are there any monuments to this family in any and, if so, in what churches? When did the family lose the Hoxwood estates! It is interesting that of all the Hoskins listed baring similar arms, none were that early or shows as the original. Also, toward the end of 1483, there was an occurance where Richard III dubed “many” gentlemen, where the names don’t seem to be listed anywhere.

Note: What I think may be happening is that when the family visited London, those with the London accents pronounced the name Hoskins.

!Source: The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time, Sir Bernard Burke, C.B., LL.D, Ulster King of Arms. A Facsimle Reprint Published 1996 by: Heritage Books, Inc., 1540E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie, Maryland 20716, ISBN 0-7884-0558-6.

Image attached.


Public Domain

The knights of England; a complete record from the earliest time

to the present day of the knights of all the orders of chivalry in

England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of knights bachelors, by Wm.

A. Shaw. Incorporating a complete list of knights bachelors dubbed

in Ireland, compiled by G. D. Burtchaell.

Shaw, William Arthur.

London : Printed and published

Image of part of index attached


!List: from the text:

1483, Saturday, July 5.

Knights made by Richard III., the day beforehis Coronation.

Robert Dymmoke, the King's champion at the Coronation.

William Hopton.

Robert Persay [Percye].

William Jenney, justice [of the King's Bench].

Gervase Clyfton, sheriff of Notts and Derby.

[ ? 1483, July 12.]

Humphrey Starkey, chief baron of the Exchequer

[on Saturday after [ ? the Coronation] in the Tower].

1483, Sept. 8.

Knights made at York by Richard 111. on the procession

through the city and the repetition of the Coronation.

Gefferey de Sasiola, ambassador from Spain, in testimony

whereof he gave him letters patent dated at York the

same day.

Richard, of Gloucester, the King's natural son.


And many other Northern Gentlemen. <<<<< Notice that this complete record doesn’t list “many” of Richard III’s dubs.


[ ? 1484, the 13th day of .]

William, lord Crichton of Crichton, a Scottishman, before


Thomas Hyll, mayor of London, after dinner.

before Easter, 1485. Robert Bbackenbuey, sheriff of Kent.

[before 1485, August.] Chaeles Someeset, made knight by Philip,

archduke of Austria [in Flanders.]

1485, Aug. 7.

Knights made at the landing of Henry, earl of Richmond

[aftemvards Henry VII.], at Milford Haven.

Edwaed Coljeteney, afterwards earl of Devonshire.

John Welles, afterwards viscount Welles.

Philibeet de Chandee, afterwards earl of Bath.

John Cheney [Cheiny].


Edwaed Ponyinges.

James Blount.

Davy Owen.

Chaeles Someeset.

John Foetesctj, sheriff of Essex and Herts.

John Haliwel [Halwyn].

John Ryseley.

William Beandon.

* Thomas Milborn [Melbouene].

* William Tylee.

John Teeuey [Teetjey].

1485, Aug. 25.

Knights made at the Battle of Redmore or Bosworth by

Henry VII

John Talbott.

John [Rogee] Moetemee.

Waltee Hungeefoede.

1485, Aug. 25.

Robert Pointz.

Humfrey Stanley.

William Wyloughby.

John Turberville.

Res [Rice] Ap Thomas.

Hugh Persall.

Richard Edgcombe.


Richard III [2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485] was King of England from 1483 until his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat at Bosworth Field, the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, marked the end of the Middle Ages in England.