Thomas Hobart

North Norfolk District, Norfolk, England
Death 26 May 1555 (aged 17–18)
Horndon-on-the-hill, Thurrock Unitary Authority, Essex, England
Burial Horndon-on-the-hill, Thurrock Unitary Authority, Essex, England
Memorial ID 22710524 · View Source
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Son of Miles Hobart and Ellinor Blaverhassett.

From a book, written by Samuel Hubbard, his grandson:

Thomas Hubbard was gentleman residing at Hornden on the Hill in Essex, "of good estate and great estimation in that county" and withal 'zealous and religious in the true service of God.' An informer discovered him to Edward Bonner, Bishop of London, who imprisoned him at Colchester and paid him the honor of a visit to convert him. Later he was removed to London, thrice examined at the consistory of St. Paul's, and, remaining obdurate, was sentenced by the Bishop, 'before the Mayor and Sheriffs in the presence there of all the people assembled', to be burned for his heresy.

A fortnight later he was 'fast bound in a cart' - and brought to his 'appointed place of torment' - the village in which he had lived. There on the 26th of May 1555, he sealed his fate says the narrator, shedding his blood in 'the most cruel fire to the glory of God and the great joy of the godly'. Before being burned alive, it is reported that Thomas' last words were believed to have been "Forgive them Lord, they don't know what they do. Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"

His maternal grandsire, though possessing similar convictions, was more fortunate; yet he too, was the object of suspicion and search. As late as 1682, Mr. Samuel Hubbard had in his Newport house a testament printed in 1549, which Thomas Cocke of Ipswich,(England), his mother's father, had brought safely through those fiery days by hiding it in his bed straw. To a man of Mr. Hubbard's turn of mind this volume, with such a history, must have been a priceless treasure. In all probability, the testament was a later edition of the translation from the Greek by Tyndale made in the reign of Henry VIII, which says Welsh, 'revised by Coverdale and edited in 1539 as Cromwell's Bible, and again in 1540 as Cranmer's Bible, was set up in every parish church by the very sovereign who had caused the translator to be strangled and burned'. To this testament some special authority was attached, it appears, for it was consulted by parties at a considerable distance."

It is believed that the story of Thomas Highbed in Fox's Book of Martyrs, refers to him.

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