Sir Edmond Hoskins


Personal and Family Information

Sir was born about 1609, the son of Thomas Hoskins and Dorothy Aldersey. The place is not known.

He died in 1664 in England.

His wife was Elizabeth Harby, who he married in 1638 in England. Their four known children were Thomas (c1639-?), Job (c1641-?), Nathaniell (c1643-?) and William (c1645-?).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Sir Edmond Hoskins


Thomas Hoskins


Charles Hoskins


Thomas Hoskins


Jane Catchmead


Ann Ingler


Thomas Ingler




Dorothy Aldersey


John Aldersey


Anne Lowe


Symon Lowe


Margaret [Martha] Lacy



BirthABT 1609
Place: England


Note 1

!Source: Hoskyns02'Index

Families covered: Hoskins of North Perrott, Hoskins [Hoskyns] of Oxted [Oxsted]

ii. Sir Edmund Hoskins of Oxsted & Carshalton

m. Elizabeth Harby of Aldenham, sister/coheir of Sir Erasmus)

a.+ issue - Thomas , Job , Nathaniell , William , 8 others


MRP: Sir Edmund Hoskins

Family and education

Sir Edmund Hoskins, Inner Temple, serjeant at law, was a good friend of both Elizabeth Dallison and Sir George Oxenden, as was his wife, Elizabeth, a merchant’s daughter. Hoskins provided legal counsel to Elizabeth on one of Oxenden’s suits , and consistently refused to accept any fees for his services. Elizabeth told Sir George “hee hath all á long gon w:th us in our busyeness & is very Cordiall & zealous for you.”[1]


Edmund Hoskins was admitted to the Inner Temple in November 1623 and became a bencher in 1649,[2] He was admitted in the same month and year as Orlando Bridgman[3], a future Chief Justice of the Common Pleas and Lord Chancellor , and as John Keeling, a future Chief Justice of the King's Bench .[4]


Sir Edmund’s eldest son, Thomas Hoskins, was with Sir George Oxenden in the East Indies, and appears in company records in Broach, from whence he wrote a letter detailing accounting problems at the Broach factory.[5]


Writing to Sir George Oxenden from her home in Carshalton after the death of his sister, the by then widowed Lady Hoskins described her as “my best friend Mrs Dallison.” “She was a pson y:t had obliged me as much as anybody y:n in y:e world, & next to yo:rselfe & neare relatives, I had a sheare [?] in her unexpected Death.”[6] Writing again later that year Lady Hoskins showed considerable warmth towards him, styling herself “your most affectionate friend and servant”, and thanking Sir George for all the care and direction he had supplied her son, Thomas Hoskins. Francis Coventry, a cousin of Sir Edmund Hoskins, who went on to marry the widowed Lady Hoskins , wrote to Sir George of “yo:e Excellent sister to whome I had y:e Hono:e to be knowne”[7]


Sir Edmund Hoskins was the second son of Sir Thomas Hoskins , of Oxted, Surrey, and of Dorothy Aldersley, who was of a Cheshire family. In Sir Edmund Hoskins' will he bequeathed “to the poore of the Parish of Oxted where I received my first breath fifty shillings to be distributed by my cozen William Hoskins.”[8] His eldest sibling was his sister, Dorothy Hoskins . His elder brother, Charles Hoskins, the inheritor of the father's Oxted house, died in 1657 and named Edmund as one of his two overseers, the other being his brother-in-law, John Hale.[9] His younger brother, John Hoskins, is reported to have died in 1645 at the battle of Naseby. A post mortem inventory exists for Sir Thomas Hoskins, dated December 1615,[10] with letters of administration granted to Edmund's mother, Lady Dorothy Hoskins, in 1616[11]. The lawyer Thomas Coventry , brother-in-law I believe to Dorothy Hoskins was involved in the administration of Sir Thomas Hoskins will,[12]


Sir Edmund Hoskins' father, Sir Thomas Hoskins, appears in the family records as "sherriff of Surrey and Sussex" in 1606[13] No surviving will has been discovered, although there are other papers related to the administration of his estates in the family records, including a valuation of the estate for dower purposes in 1616 and the administration accounts


The Hoskins family one generation back was from Monmouthshire, with Charles Hoskins, the father of Sir Thomas Hoskins, was originally “of Trefynwy, Monmouthshire”, but accumulating his wealth as a merchant tailor in London. He married to Anne Engler, of “Reigate, Surrey,” and acquired large estates in Surrey and Kent. He does not appear to be related, or at least closely related, to an earlier serjeant-at-law, John Hoskins , born in Herefordshire and appointed serjeant-at-law in 1623, or to John Hoskin’s grandson, Sir John Hoskins, who was a master in Chancery