JACKLIN, alias BOCHER, Edmund (by 1501-54), of Hastings, Suss.

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 1501, ?s. of Edmund Bocher of Hastings. m. Joan, 1s. 1da.2

Offices Held

Jurat, Hastings 1522-45, bailiff 1522-3, 1523-4, 1531-2, 1544-5; bailiff to Yarmouth 1524, 1532, 1540.3


Edmund Jacklin alias Bocher was probably the son of the Edmund Bocher who was chamberlain of Hastings in 1508-9 and attended the Brotherhood of the Cinque Ports between 1501 and 1509. Jacklin began his own municipal career as a jurat in 1522. In the same year he began a series of attendances at the Brotherhood which were to last with intervals until 1545; at the second of these he was elected bailiff to Yarmouth but was discharged because he was already serving as bailiff of Hastings. It was during his year of office that he and Edmund Franke were chosen to represent Hastings in Parliament; Franke died at the close of the first session and he is not known to have been replaced for the second. Jacklin’s Membership was followed by his appointment as a collector of the loan of 1522 in Sussex, and this in turn doubtless helped the Brotherhood to choose him for a mission aimed at securing exemption from the loan by way of a gift. The journey took Jacklin first to Leeds Castle, home of the comptroller of the Household Sir Henry Guildford, and then to London and St. Albans in search of Wolsey; and at Easter 1524 the Brotherhood paid him for the ten days he had spent on it. In the following year he and Simon Fish (presumably the pamphleteer, then at Gray’s Inn) were paid as solicitors by the Brotherhood.4

Jacklin was to remain in municipal service for a further 20 years, but apart from the reference to him by Sir John Gage in 1538 of a case of detention of merchant’s goods by the searcher at Hastings, his further activities appear to have left no trace. He contributed £4 to the benevolence of 1544. In his will of 7 June 1554, which was proved on the following 23 July, he asked to be buried in St. Clement’s, Hastings, and left his dwelling house and one of his shops at the seaside to his wife Joan for life, with remainder successively to his son Richard and his grandchildren by his daughter Agnes, and another house and shop to Richard until he was 21; the son was also to have the silver and household goods, and £50 on coming of age. Jacklin named his wife executrix and his trusty and faithful friend John Isted one of the overseers.5

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: Patricia Hyde


  • 1. Add. 34150, f. 136.
  • 2. Date of birth estimated from first reference. E. Suss. RO, Lewes archdeaconry wills A3, f. 118.
  • 3. Cinque Ports White and Black Bks. (Kent Arch. Soc. recs. br. xix), 184, 188, 192, 212, 224, 232, 234.
  • 4. Ibid. 141, 185, 190-1, 194, 199; LP Hen. VIII, iv; DNB (Fish, Simon).
  • 5. LP Hen. VIII, xiii; Suss. Arch. Colls. xiv. 82; E. Suss. RO, Lewes archdeaconry wills A3, f. 118.