Sir Brian Hastings, Knt.

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Sir Brian Hastings, Knt., son of Sir Hugh Hastings, Knt. and Ann Gascoigne, was born after 20 June 1482, when he was not named in his father's will that stated his wife was "grete with childe."1 He died before 8 October 1540, when his will was proved.1

Brian married (1) Agnes Portington, daughter of Thomas Portington and Isabel Kiddall;2,3 he married (2) Elizabeth Leake, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here).1

Before he was knighted, Brian had a vehement quarrel with Sir Richard Tempest, requiring the persuasion of Cardinal Wolsey to resolve, the two using "each to other stout and despiteful words of defiance, the which my lord and the other gentlemen had much ado to qualify, their malice was so great."4

Sir Brian Hastings, Knt. left a will dated 2 August 1537, and proved 8 Oct 1540:1
I, Sir Brian Hastinges, knyght, sherif of Yorke shier, of holl and perfite mynde and reason, makes my last will and testament in this forme and manner followinge.
First, I bequeth my saull to God Almightie, unto oure Ladie Sancte Marie, and to all the blissed company of heven, and my bodie to be buriede in the churche of Sancte Oswalde in Sandall.
Also, I make Elizabeth my wif and Francys my 8onne my holl executors, and my right honorable lorde Admyrall, in whome all my speciall trust is in, my supervisor of this my will and testament, and to have the order of my sone, trustinge that my said lorde wilbe goode and favorable lorde to my wif and my flone, as he has alwais bene to me.
Thes beinge witnes, Mr. William Hothome, Richarde Waite, William Portington, Richarde Danyell prest, and Francys Frobisher.1

Family 1

Agnes Portington

Family 2

Elizabeth Leake
This person was last edited on20 Apr 2020


  1. [S2075] James Raine, John Williams Clay, and James Raine [Jr] Testamenta Eboracensia, or Wills Registered at York: Illustrative of the history, manners, language, statistics, etc., of the province of York, from the year MCCC downwards, 6 vols. (: Surtees Society), 3:277n, further cited as Raine, Clay, and Raine, Testamenta Eboracensia.
  2. [S2074] Richard Glover and Joseph Foster, editor, The Visitation of Yorkshire, Made in the Years 1584-85 by Richard Glover, Somerset Herald; to Which is Added the Subsequent Visitation Made in 1612, by Richard St. George, Norry King of Arms: With Several Additional Pedigrees (London, England: s.p., 1875), 373, further cited as Glover, The Visitation of Yorkshire.
  3. [S950] Joseph Foster, Pedigrees of the County Families of Yorkshire, Two vols. (London: W. Wilfred Head, 1874), 1:3 (Portington), further cited as Foster, Pedigrees of Yorkshire.
  4. [S2075] Raine, Clay, and Raine, Testamenta Eboracensia, 3:277n, citing Cavendish, Life of Wolsey, ed. 1825, i. 263.