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Richard Hannes (d. 1618)

Mayor of Oxford 1608/9

Richard Hannes (or Hans/Hanns/Hands) may be the Richard Hannes of Oxon, pleb., the butler of New Inn Hall, who was matriculated as a privileged person at the University of Oxford on 23 November 1595 when he was aged 36.

Hannes became an Oxford brewer, and was first admitted to brew by the University on 15 July 1596.

He was made a freeman by the City on 5 May 1601. He was immediately awarded the position of a compounder bailiff on the council, paying 40s. to the Chamberlains for his freedom and 60s. to the Keykeepers for their compounding, plus 4s. 6d. and 2s. 6d. On 29 September 1601 he took on two apprentice beer brewers: Thomas Bance and Thomas Hill, both from Wiltshire.

On 26 September 1602 Richard Hannes married Elizabeth Bridges at St Aldate’s Church.

The lease by the city for the Hermitage (opposite what is now the White House on the Abingdon Road, which was then in the parish of South Hinksey, Berkshire) is missing between 1592 and 1636; but Twyne has recorded part of a rental of 1618 (just after Hannes’s death) which states “Of the executors of Richard Hannes, alderman, for the Hermitage, with the chapel there lying behind Southbridge”.

In 1603 Hannes was elected Junior Bailiff. On 17 January 1606 he was elected to the inner council of the Thirteen, and in October 1607 he was appointed one of the Surveyors of the Mills.

Around this time Hannes’s son Richard was born, but the registers of St Aldate’s for this period are missing.

In September 1608 Hannes was elected Mayor of Oxford (for 1608/9). At the end of his year of office he requested that his servant, James Deane, should be granted the freedom of the city.

On 24 August 1611 his mother, Elizabeth Hannes, was buried at St Aldate’s Church. On 27 May 1612 another Elizabeth Hannes was buried there, but it is unclear whether it was his wife or his daughter.

In September 1611 Hannes was elected an Alderman, paying the customary £10 to the City and 20s and a purse to the mace-bearer.

† Alderman Richard Hannes was buried at St Aldate’s Church on 11 January 1617/18.

The arms of the Hannes family are described by Wood (II:414–15) as being “parted per pale gules and blue on a fess indented between 3 mullets argent 3 cross crosslets sable”.

Richard Hannes’s son

On 28 November 1630 at St Aldate's Church, Richard Hannes junior married Jane Medhop, the sister of the wife of Martin Wright. They had three children:

  • Margaret Hannes (baptised on 11 July 1633 at St Aldate’s Church, buried there 23 August 1633)
  • Elizabeth Hannes (baptised on 1 December 1635 at St Aldate’s Church)
  • Richard Hannes (baptised on 15 June 1637 at St Aldate’s Church).

Richard Hannes junior built a messuage in Pennyfarthing Street (now Pembroke Street) in 1641.

Wood (II:414–15) records the death of Richard Hannes junior in 1678:

Richard Hanns, gent., son of Richard Hanns of Oxon, brewer, and somtimes mayor of the same, died in Allsaints parish in the house of Serjeant Richard Croke, recorder of Oxon, about the latter end of Aug. 1678; and was buried in the church of Stoke in com. Oxon (neare Wallingford) by his wife, where there is a monument over his grave. He married Jane Midhop (Medhopp), daughter of Roger Medhopp of Medhopp-hall in Yorks., esq., sister to the wife of Martin Wright, alderman of Oxon; [their daughter] was married to … Barber of Adderbury in com. Oxon., somtimes High Sherriff of this countie.

See also:

  • PCC Will PROB 11/131/202 (Will of Richard Hannes, Alderman of Oxford, proved 13 February 1618)

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Last updated: 25 September, 2018

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