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William Hody

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Died  1524
Parents  John Hody

Sir William Hody (died 1524) was an English lawyer, judge and politician. He served as Attorney General of England and Chief Baron of the Exchequer under Henry VII of England.



The second son of Sir John Hody, chief justice of the king's bench, he was born before 1441. He represented Totnes in the parliament of 1472, and Bridgwater in 1483. His name is first mentioned in the year-books in 1476. He procured a reversal of the attainder of his uncle, Sir Alexander Hody of Bowre, Somerset, who had been attainted at Edward IV's accession for adherence to the house of Lancaster.

In 1485, shortly after the accession of Henry VII, Hody became Attorney General for England and Wales. On 29 October 1486 he was appointed Chief Baron of the Exchequer. He retired as a judge in 1522.

Hody died on 18 June 1524.


Hody married Eleanor, daughter of Sir Baldwin Malet of 'Corypool' or Curry Mallet, Somerset, Solicitor General to King Henry VIII. They had two sons, Reginald and John, and two daughters, Joan, who married Richard Warr, and Jane, who married Lawrence Wadham.


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