- William Hakewill
William Hakewill (1574 – 1655), was a legal antiquarian and M.P.
Exeter, Devon, son of John Hakewill and his wife Thomasine (née Periam). Educated, according to Anthony Woodat Exeter College, Oxford(though he did not take a degree), he later studied law at Lincoln's Inn.
Member of Parliamentfor Bossiney in Cornwall in 1601, probably nominated for the seat by its patron, his maternal uncle Sir William Peryam, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer. Though a tyro MP Hakewill was active and spoke out against the excessive granting of monopolies. He also delivered speeches against allowing the export of ordnance to Spainand in favour of keeping a strong navy.
Hakewill was called to the bar in 1606, was a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn by 1616 and Lent Reader in 1625. Described by the antiquarian Anthony Wood as "a grave and judicious counsellor" but "always a puritan", Hakewill was a friend of
William Prynneand an associate of John Seldenwhose critical views on the royal prerogativehe shared. He published "The Liberty of the Subject against the pretended Power of Impositions" (1641), "The manner how Statutes are enacted in Parliament by Passing of Bills"(1641) and "Modus tenendi Parliamentum; or, the old Manner of holding Parliaments in England"(1659).
Hakewill was also an early member of the
Society of Antiquaries, a friend of Sir Robert Cotton, a kinsman and executor of Sir Thomas Bodleyand the elder brother of the author and divine George Hakewill. In 1617 he married Elizabeth Woodhouse, a daughter of Sir Henry Woodhouseof Waxham, Norfolk, by his second wife Cecily Gresham. Her elder half-sister Ann was the third wife of Sir Julius Caesar, Master of the Rolls, to whom Hakewill addressed gratulatory Latinverses (now in the British Library).
In the latter part of his life Hakewill lived at The Hale in
Wendover, Buckinghamshire and was survived by at least two sons, William and Robert. His will left instructions that expenditure on his funeral was not to exceed £40.
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