The Family Tree of Benjamin Hoadly, Bishop of Winchester (1676-1761)
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Elizabeth ASHE's father: James ASHE ( - )

Family of John HOADLY LL.D. and Elizabeth ASHE

Husband: John HOADLY LL.D. (1711-1776)
Wife: Elizabeth ASHE ( - )
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Husband: John HOADLY LL.D.

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Name: John HOADLY LL.D.
Sex: Male
Father: Benjamin HOADLY (Bishop) (1676-1761)
Mother: Sarah CURTIS (1676?-1743)
Birth 8 Oct 1711 Broad Street, London
Christening 26 Oct 1711 (age 0) St Peter-Le-Poer, Middlesex 1
Occupation Poet And Dramatist.
Education Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Death 16 Mar 1776 (age 64)
Will 22 Jun 1776 (age 64) 2

Wife: Elizabeth ASHE

Name: Elizabeth ASHE
Sex: Female
Father: James ASHE ( - )
Mother: -

Note on Husband: John HOADLY LL.D. (1)



(The Life of Bishop Hoadly written by his son John Hoadly,L.L.D. Chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester).


(The Bishop's youngest son, John Hoadly is), L.L.D. Chancellor of the diocese of Winchester, Master of St. Cross, Rector of Alresford, of St. Mary's near Southampton, and Overton (sine cure), all in the county of Hants. He married Elizabeth, daughter of James Ashe, Esq; of Salisbury, by whom he bath no issue.

Note on Husband: John HOADLY LL.D. (2)

Four Lost Plays Recovered: The Contrast and other Dramatic Works of John Hoadly (1711–1776)

H. Diack Johnstone

St Anne's College, Oxford


Though John Hoadly cut no ice as a playwright, he was for many years a good friend of David Garrick and widely recognised, even then, as something of an expert on English theatrical history. By eighteenth-century specialists he is also remembered as co-author, with his elder brother Benjamin, of one play which took the stage at Lincoln's Inn Fields in the spring of 1731, but was promptly withdrawn after only three performances. This was The Contrast, a five-act burlesque seemingly written in response to James Thomson's Sophonisba. The piece is generally thought to have had a considerable influence on Henry Fielding (and on Pasquin in particular), but since no modern scholar has ever seen a copy, all this has hitherto been conjecture. The recent appearance of a manuscript copy (and prefatory essay) in Hoadly's own hand is thus an exciting and important discovery. This article (by a musicologist rather than a theatre historian) is concerned mainly with a description not only of this long lost work, but also of three other plays that survive in the same source. Also considered is Hoadly's contribution to James Miller's Mahomet the Impostor and John Lillo's Arden of Feversham, together with several other of his dramatic works of which almost nothing is known beyond their titles.

Note on Husband: John HOADLY LL.D. (3)

The Parish Church of St Andrew's, Medstead


In 1737 John Hoadly was appointed Rector. He was the son of Benjamin Hoadly, a controversial and prolific preacher and writer on politics and religion, who had been appointed chaplain to George I in 1715 and Bishop successively of Bangor (1715), Hereford (1721), Salisbury (1723) and Winchester (1734).


Cambridge educated, John Hoadly had studied Law and was a poet and dramatist, authoring at least one play himself, The Housekeeper. He is also credited with assisting his brother, Dr. Benjamin Hoadly, physician to the Royal Household and a Fellow of the Royal Society, with his popular and successful comedy The Suspicious Husband. First performed in February 1747 in Covent Garden, it starred David Garrick in the part of Ranger.


John Hoadly was also appointed chaplain to Frederick, Prince of Wales and was Master of St. Cross, Winchester, from 1760-1776.



Note on Husband: John HOADLY LL.D. (4)

England: Canterbury - Index to the Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 1663-1859 (A-K)


County: General

Country: England

Hoadly, John, (Corp. Chr. Coll. Camb.), 1737-8 : Dispens. R. Alresford, R. Michilmersh, Southton; 8, 100. 1743 : Dispens. R. Alresford, Precentorship or Rectory S. Mary, near Southampton; 8, 234. (Hoadley) 1747 : Chancellor of dioc. Winchester, degree LL.D.; 8, 349.


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Christening: 26 OCT 1711 Saint Peter-Le-Poer, London, London, England


Mother: SARAH

Extracted birth or christening record for the locality listed in the record. The source records are usually arranged chronologically by the birth or christening date.

Source Information:
Batch No.: Dates: Source Call No.: Type: Printout Call No.: Type:

C022762 1561 - 1722 0374993 Film 6903855 Film

Sheet: 00
2"British Library (in Add. MS 37682)". Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source:
Add. MS 37682, fos. 252-4 in P. A. Taylor Papers, vol. 1.
Headed: 'The Will of Dr. John Hoadly dated 22d. June 1774.'
The following is a summary of the main points:
His body is to be 'kept open & not nailed up till it shall be offensive & not buried till such Time as his Ex[ecu]trix shod. be satisfied by the Physician that no Life possibly remains in it.'
His freehold estates in Ickfield in Sussex he leaves to his wife Elizabeth; he also refers to his cousin Sarah Boyle, the wife and relict of Bellingham Boyle.
Other property referred to is the Manor of Kimbury in Berkshire; also Holt Farm and the Great Tythes of Ropley &c. 'in the Occupation of Mr. Wm. Lacey'
There were also freehold properties which he (Hoadly) had purchased in Southampton.
To his wife he give the tythes of Binstead and Kingsley in the parish of Alton (which he holds by leave of the Dean and Chapter of Winchester); also a piece of ground called Catch-hold in the parish of All Saints in the town of Southampton (which he has lease-hold from the corporation).
He gives £1000 to the only surviving younger son of Mrs Boyle (of Trinity College, Dublin) and makes provision for the money to go elsewhere should the lad predecease him.
Leaves £1500 to Miss Boyle
And to all the children now living of his cousin Mrs Hannah Ridding, £2000 Capital Stock to be divided equally among them. Hannah Ridding is also to receive £200 over and above her share; also a £20 annuity out of his freehold lot called Kimbury-Holt in Berks.
To Mary Ridding, he leaves £300 in addition to her share of the £2000 of stocks; and £500 to John Ridding ditto.[This John must have been a minor since Hoadly allows £50 p.a. to a Mr. Bright for his board and education.]
He gives £100 each 'for Mourning' to Mrs Boyle, Mrs Hannah Ridding, Mrs Anna Hoadly, the relict of Dr Benjamin Hoadly, and Mr Thomas Ridding, Attorney at Law, and leaves his wife to decide how much should be given to his servants.
He leaves £30 to Ann Merrifield of Alresford, and to his gardeners, John Hall and Richard Norris, 5 gns each over and above the wages dues to them.
£500 is to go to the County Hospital (via his wife, the Dean of Winchester, and the Warden of Winchester College) and another £500 to the Cista Matronarum 'for the Use of the Widows of Clergymen of the College founded by Bishop Morley'.
Also £1000 to be applied to the binding out of apprentices, annually one son or one daughter alternately of the poorer clergy of this diocese of Winchester.
To the following he leaves £5 each 'to buy them a Ring, or such other little Memorial as they shall choose':
James Harris Esqr. of the Close, Salisbury
Richd. Warner Esqr. of Woodford Row, Essex
David Garrick Esqr. of Hampton
Geo: Keate Esqr. of Charlotte Street, Bloomsbury
Mr. Philip Ditcher, Surgeon at Bath
and to the following Rev. Gentlemen, viz. his worthy brother in law Robt. Ashe, Henry Taylor, Charles Plumptre, Richd. Wavell, Josh. Warton, Edmund Pyle, John Sturges, Thos. Balguy, Owen Davies, Robt. Thomas, Wm. Airson together with Lieut. Coll. Welsh of Southampton, Mrs Sarah Boyle, Mrs Anna Hoadly, Mrs Martha Davies, Miss Mary Smith of Bloomsbury Square, Mrs. Elizabeth Goodenough, Mrs Mary Richetts of Longwood, and Mrs. Mary Poyntz of Bath.
His wife Elizabeth is to be sole executrix.
A codicil dated 27 September 1775 (fol. 256) is headed:
'Memoranda - to be added in a Codicil to my will, or if not executed hereby recommend to my Executrix wch. I look upon as ye same thing.'
And at the end of this codicil is written:
'Copied from ye original hand writing of Dr.Hoadly this 30th of March 1776 by me Henry Taylor'.
Included in the memoranda are:
'To do something certain for Mrs. Davies in case she survives her husband & this I first mention as Mrs. Hoadly recommended it to my Consideration. I leave it to her Discretion.'
'To add the name if not there already of Francis Milner Newton Esq. for a ring of ye same Value wth. ye. rest.' He also leaves £100 to Miss Josepha Newton, his daughter.
He bequeaths 25 volumes of ye Bangorean Controversy to the Dean of Winchester for the time being 'in trust for ye Church library of ye Cathedral of Winchester being ye most exact Collection known of that Remarkable Controversy'.
He also leaves £100 to Mrs Martha Davies of Meonstoke [see above] for mourning.
'I also desire my Executrix to pay ye Debts of Mrs Hannah Ridding of ye Close Salisbury so far as the Sum of £300 if they amount to that Sum in case I shall not have done it myself after this 3d. day of March 1776.'
[Noted 'Chancellr. Hoadly intended Codicil' on the verso.]
I don't know whether or not you know, but there is a digest of Hoadly's will
in the British Library (in Add. MS 37682). I had a look at it last week and
made a very shortened transcript (attached) which gives all the main points,
I think. It is certainly much easier to read than the copy in the PRO.
Interestingly it is dated 22 June 1776 as opposed to the PRO dating of 24
June 1776. Also interesting is the codicil which seemingly didn't make it
into the will as given in the PRO's secretarial copy.

from email to Graham Hoadly from Harry Johnstone
Mon 01/11/2004