Category Archives: Roper

Susan Hawkins and John Finch of Grovehurst

In recent posts I’ve been exploring the lives of the children of the recusant Sir Thomas Hawkins the elder of Boughton-under-Blean, Kent, who died in 1617. In this post, I’m turning my attention to Thomas’ daughter Susan or Susanna. The … Continue reading

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Henry Hawkins, Jesuit priest and author (1577 – 1646)

Henry Hawkins, the Jesuit priest and author, is probably the best-known of the children of Sir Thomas Hawkins of Boughton-under-Blean. The Boughton parish register for the year 1577 includes the following entry: The 8th of Octobr was bapt. Henrie Haukyns the sonne … Continue reading

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Reflections on the will of Sir Thomas Hawkins

What insights can we glean from the last will and testament of Sir Thomas Hawkins of Boughton-under-Blean, Kent, who died in 1617, a transcription of which I shared in the previous post? For example, does the will throw any light on … Continue reading

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‘Calling to mynde the brittlenes and the instabilitie of mans lyfe’: the last will and testament of Sir Thomas Hawkins

Sir Thomas Hawkins of Nash Court, Boughton under Blean, Kent, died in April 1617. He was the father of a Jesuit priest, a Benedictine nun, a translator of recusant texts, and a physician, as well as being the father-in-law of … Continue reading

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Mary Langworth and the Hawkins family

In the last few posts, I’ve been exploring the lives of London haberdasher Nathaniel Spurrett, who died in 1614, his wife Helen Langworth, who died in 1625, and their daughter Frances, who was born in 1613 and died in a … Continue reading

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‘In parfect sense, sweet repose and resignation’: the life and death of Frances Spurrett

When Helen Spurrett died in 1625, her only daughter Frances was left an orphan, her father Nathaniel having died in 1614, when Frances was only about a year old. Although Frances was left money in the wills of her father, … Continue reading

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Helen Spurrett and the Ropers of Eltham

What can the will of Helen Spurrett, widow of London haberdasher Nathaniel Spurrett and daughter of clergyman and poet Dr John Langworth, tell us about her life after Nathaniel’s death – and about her recusant connections? Firstly, Helen Spurrett’s will … Continue reading

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