MYNORS, Hugh (by 1511-57), of Aldenham, Herts. and London.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1511, s. of Thomas Mynors of Garlikehithe, London. m. by 1544, Margaret, wid. of Richard Warner of London, 1da. suc. fa. 1538/39.1

Offices Held

Officer of the pantry by 1532; ?pens. of the Household 1540; serjeant-at-arms Dec. 1545-d.2


Hugh Mynors’s household career suggests a connexion with the Mynors family of Treago, Herefordshire, but he has not been traced in its pedigree and his father, although also a ‘servant to the King’, is to be distinguished from Sir Roger Mynors younger brother Thomas.3

Mynors’s father, whose will was proved in February 1539, asked to be buried in St. James’s, Garlikehithe, and left all his goods to his son and sole executor. By that time Hugh Mynors had become one of the three purveyors of ale to the Household and he is presumably also the man listed among its pensioners in 1540. He may have inherited from his father the beer brewhouse, part of the Swan, at Garlikehithe, which he was to mention in his will. His business interests were doubtless extended by his marriage to the widow of Richard Warner, a brewer and teller of the Exchequer, and it probably also brought him in 1554 the wardship of Thomas Brigham with custody of lands in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, since his stepdaughter was married to the antiquary Nicholas Brigham. After his appointment as an ordinary serjeant-at-arms in 1545 Mynors continued to trade as a brewer, supplying the Middle Temple and, in 1546, the navy. He prospered sufficiently to buy land in Hertfordshire, especially at Aldenham, where he was to be buried, and it may have been this rather than his court connexion which brought him to the notice of Henry Carey, his fellow-Member and probable patron at Buckingham in 1555. Unlike Carey, he is not known to have followed Sir Anthony Kingston’s lead in opposing a government bill.4

By a will of 5 Apr. 1557 Mynors provided for his wife and daughter. He named his wife executrix, Simon Smith, a London haberdasher, supervisor, and his brother-in-law Thomas Boraston of Aldenham and Boraston’s younger brother and namesake assistants. The will was proved on the following 7 July.5

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: M. K. Dale


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from first reference. London commissary ct. reg. Tunstall, f. 326; C1/948/47; VCH Herts. ii. 153; PCC 23 Wrastley.
  • 2. HMC Bath, iv. 6; LP Hen. VIII, v, xx; The Gen. n.s. xxx. 102; LC2/4/1; Stowe 571, f.23v; CPR, 1547-8 to 1553-4 passim.
  • 3. Vis. Herefs. ed. Weaver, 89.
  • 4. London commissary ct. reg. Tunstall, f.326; Soc. Antiq. (1790), 218; CPR, 1553-4, p.388; DNB (Brigham, Nicholas); C1/948/47, 1037/54, 1245/97-99; The Gen. n.s. xxx. 102; LP Hen. VIII, xx; PRO Lists, ii. 61; VCH Herts. ii. 153; iii. 466.
  • 5. PCC 23 Wrastley, 51 Chaynay.