Owen Hopton

Sir Owen Hopton (c. 1519 – 1595) was an English administrator and politician.

He was born the son of Sir Arthur Hopton of Cockfield Hall, Yoxford and knighted in 1561.

He was the Lieutenant of the Tower of London from 1570 to 1590. He was therefore in charge of the most significant prisoners of the age, supervised all torture and controlled the armoury.[1]

He was Member of Parliament, for Suffolk (1559 and 1571), for Middlesex (1572 and 1584) [1] and for Arundel (1589). He was appointed Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk for 1564.[2]

Sir Owen Hopton married Anne Echingham, the daughter and coheiress of Sir Edward Echingham. They had three sons, including Arthur Hopton, and two daughters. His daughter, Mary Hopton, married William Brydges, 4th Baron Chandos, and his son Arthur was father to Sir Arthur Hopton, ambassador to Spain.


  1. Craig, John. "Hopton, Owen". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/47136.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 13 November 2011.

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