Early Howcutts in London



1602 - Robert, son of William Howckot (gentleman of Coventry) apprenticed to Richard Crosse, a stationer on 30 September 1602 (1).


1609 - Robert Howcott, stationer, took up his freedom on 6 November 1609 (2).


1610 - George, son of John Howcott (butcher of Shearsby, Leicestershire) apprenticed to William Harvie, a butcher on 24 August 1610 (3).


1611 - Richard, son of William Howcot (a fellmonger of Coventry) apprenticed to Thomas Moore plumber of London (4).


1613 - Records of a case at The Court of Requests relating to a debt owed by John Howcott to Euseby Isham state that at "Trinity Term last" John Howcott came to the chamber of William Powers in Clements Lane (5).


1615 - Richard Hyde of Islington sentenced to be whipped for stealing a wether sheep belonging to Robert Howcott of the same (6).


1618 or 1619 - George Howcott admitted to the livery of the Butchers' Company during the year beginning November 1618 (3).


1619/20 - John Howkett "out of Mr Waterworte's house" buried in the body of the church at St James, Clerkenwell (7).


1621/2 - The register of St James, Clerkenwell records the burial of "Mr Francis Howcott, out of Mr Waterworte's house, in ye church". Francis was the son of Robert & Katherine Howcott and christened at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire in 1601 (8). 


1627 - Robert Howcott married Elizabeth Barnes at St Gregory by Saint Paul.


1660 - Robert Howcott provided information to the House of Lords "that one Talley told him, that one Tench brought Irons to the Scaffold at the Murder of the King, and dipped his Handkerchief in the Blood of the King" (9). This relates to the execution of Charles I which took place in 1648/9.


1664 - Francis, son of John & Ellinor Howcott, christened at St Sepulchre, London.


1713 - William Howcot of Poplar buried at St Dunstan Stepney on 18 December 1713.


1801 - George Howcutt married Ann Smith at St Leonard, Shoreditch. It is likely that George was a son of William and Sarah (Allom) Howcutt of Brixworth. George & Ann were almost certainly the parents of at least eight children born between 1801 and 1827 children, most if not all at Southwark or Finsbury. The last member of that family with the Howcutt surname was their daughter-in-law Sarah, who died at Camberwell in 1888. 


1804 - Joseph Howcott married Elizabeth Linnett at St Dunstan, Stepney. He was probably the son of William & Sarah (Allom) Howcutt who had been christened at Brixworth in 1770. It is likely that he was the same person as Joseph Howcutt who died, aged 70, at Lambeth Workhouse in 1841.


1826 - Children of Charles Howcutt christened at St Dunstan, Stepney. This is the earliest record of the family in East End of London. Charles had been christened at Brampton, Huntingdonshire in 1792, a son of William & Ann (Franklin) Howcutt. His father was a son of William and Sarah (Allom) Howcutt of Brixworth.



(1) “A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers of London, 1554-1640”, edited by Edward Arber, privately printed. (London, 1875-77), Volume II, part 1, page 117b.

(2) “A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers of London, 1554-1640” (as above), Volume III, page 309.

(3) Guildhall Library: Butchers’ Company, Warden’s account book: CLC/L/BI/D/003/MS06440/002/001.

(4) Records of the Plumbers' Company, London.

(5) The National Archives (TNA): REQ2/295/21.

(6) London Metropolitan Archives: Middlesex Sessions Records - Sessions roll 540/56,60. Gaol Delivery roll 2/48d.

(7) Administration for the estate of John Hawcott of Seasbie (i.e. Shearsby) was granted at Leicester in 1620. This, along with a reference in John Waterworth's will to John Bourne of Knaptoft, which is about one mile from Shearsby, indicate that John Howkett and John Hawcott were the same person.

(8) In depositions for the case Howcott v Sacheverell in 1627, John Oliver testified that Robert Howcott and his late son Francis Howcott had been lending out sums of money in London (TNA: C22/711/26).

(9) House of Lords Journal, volume 11, 1 August 1660.


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