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Nicholas Locke (bef. 1574 - 1648)

Nicholas Locke
Born before in Brockhampton, Buckland Newton, Dorset, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 4 Jul 1603 (to 28 Apr 1612) in Priston, Somerset, Englandmap
Husband of — married 1624 in Chew Magna, Somerset, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Chew Magna, Somerset, Englandmap
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Nicholas Locke was born in 1574 at Brockhampton, Dorset, England. His father Edward Locke "lived at Brockhampton, a hamlet near to Canning's Court, in the parish of Buckland-Newton, of which he was churchwarden in 1573; but his son Nicholas, born in 1574, migrated early in life from the Dorsetshire hamlet to a Somersetshire village.”[1]

Nicholaus Locke, son of Edwardi Locke, baptised 19 Nov 1574 at Buckland Newton, Dorset, England.[2]

Nicholas Locke moved from Dorset to Pensford in Somerset, where he built up a flourishing business, collecting in, and shipping on, the woollen cloth woven in cottages throughout the west of England.[3]

Nicholas Locke married first, Frances Lansden on 4 Jul 1603 at Priston, Somerset.[4] Frances died in 1612.

Record set Somerset Marriage Index
First name(s) Francis
Sex Female
Last name Lansdon
Marriage year 1603
Spouse's first name(s) Nicholas
Spouse's last name Locke
Parish Priston
Denomination Anglican
County Somerset
Country England
Document type Parish records
Marriage date 04 Jul 1603
Somerset Archives
Archive reference D/P/PRIS 2/1/1
Record type Baptisms, marriages & burials
Record's year range 1569-1650
Category Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers)
Subcategory Parish Marriages
Collections from England, Great Britain

Nicholas and Frances had a number of children, two girls: Frances and Anne, and four sons: John, born in 1606, did not follow his father into the cloth trade, but turned instead to the law; Peter (1607–86), initially a tanner, later earned a living as a landowner; Edward (1610–63); and Thomas (1612–64), who became a brewer in Bristol.[1][3] All these children were said to have been ‘persons of very exemplary lives’.[3]

Children of Nicholas Locke and Frances Lansden

Nicholas and Frances had the following children:[1][3][5]

  1. Frances Locke, b. 5 Oct 1604; m. Edmund Keene
  2. John Locke, b. 29 Apr 1606; m. 15 Jul 1630 Agnes Keene, sister of Edmund Keene, clerk to Frances Baber and Alexander Popham; parents of John Locke the Philosopher b. 29 Aug 1633 and Thomas Locke b. at Pensford, bapt. 9 Aug 1637
  3. Peter Locke, 13 Jul 1607; m. Ann; had children; buried Chew Magna, 1686
  4. Edward Locke, b. 7 Nov 1610; will 1663
  5. Thomas Locke, b. 10 Feb 1611-12; will 1663
  6. Anne

There may have been another son, Jeremy Locke, born about 1605, who married Elizabeth Kenn, daughter of Edmund Keene.[citation needed]

Nicholas Locke of Pensford, Somerset is mentioned in the 1611 and 1612 Wills of his brother William Locke and his wife Alice Harte.[6]

Nicholas married secondly in 1624, Elizabeth Keene, widow,[5] she “being a well-to-do widow living at Chew Magna, in the same neighbourhood, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Keene. After that, it would seem that he lived in the second wife's house.“[7] Nicholas’ son John Locke married Agnes Keene. In reference to Nicholas’ father Edward Locke — “The elder of these two sons was the father of the John Locke whose life is to be recorded in these pages. On the 15th of July, 1630, at the age of twenty-three, his wife being ten years older, he married Agnes Keene, his step-mother's niece and sister of an Edmund Keene, who, probably, a year or two before, had married his [John’s] sister Frances.“[8] Edmund Keane, or Keene, a tanner of Wrington, Somerset, wrote his will in January, 1628. It was proved in June, 1630. He writes, " A marriage shortly to be solemnized between my daughter Agnes Keene & John Locke, son of Nicholas Locke, of Pensford. Elizabeth Locke, my daughter. My wife, Mary, Extrix."[5]

Nicholas died in 1648, only a few months before the end of the civil wars and the execution of King Charles I. In his will of 25 Aug 1648, made three days before his death, Nicholas Locke bequeathed to his son John certain "tenements and grounds" in Publow parish consisting of three leasehold properties, which John already "held by grant" and which he was to hold for the rest of their term. John was also to have the whole interest in a freehold "messuage or tenement in Belluton" in the parish of Stanton Drew, which Nicholas had bought from one John Feare. Finally, following various bequests of land and money to others, John, who was to act as Nicholas's executor, was willed the residue of the estate. In fact there was further property John Locke owned, and, though its origin is obscure, it may be that this should be counted as part of what he "inherited" from his father Nicholas Locke.[3]

Nicholas Locke was buried at Chew Magna, a village within the Chew Valley, Somerset.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bourne, H. R. Fox (Henry Richard Fox), 1837-1909. The Life of John Locke New York, Harper & brothers, 1876.
  2. Find My Past : Dorset Baptisms, Buckland Newton, England Nicholaus Locke in 1574 : $ subscription site, accessed 8 Oct 2021
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Woolhouse, Roger. Locke: A Biography. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, New York, 2007. Locke: A Biography
  4. Somerset Marriage Index - Francis Lansdon and Nicholas Locke : accessed 14 Mar 2018. Subscription required.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Crisp, Frederick. Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills (Priv. print. for F. A. Crisp, 1887) Vol. 2, Page 11.
  6. Cerne Abbas Wills Extracts A - M : accessed 20 Feb 2018 & 13 Feb 2021
  7. Bourne, H. R. Fox (Henry Richard Fox), 1837-1909. The life of John Locke. New York, Harper & brothers, 1876. pg. 3
  8. Bourne, H. R. Fox (Henry Richard Fox), 1837-1909. The life of John Locke. New York, Harper & brothers, 1876. pg. 4


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Locke-284 and Locke-4 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate. Would be nice to "eliminate" long unconnected profile Locke-4. Thanks for considering!
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