Thomas Hodgkin (historian)

For the British physician, his uncle, with the same name, see Thomas Hodgkin.
Thomas Hodgkin

Thomas Hodgkin (29 July 1831 – 2 March 1913)[1] was a British historian


Hodgkin was son of John Hodgkin,[2] barrister and Quaker minister, and Elizabeth Howard (daughter of Luke Howard).

In 1861 he married Lucy Ann (1841–1934) (daughter of Alfred Fox who created Glendurgan Garden and Sarah, born Lloyd, his wife). They had three sons and three daughters

Having been educated as a member of the Society of Friends and taken the degree of B.A. at the University of London, he became a partner in the banking house of Hodgkin, Barnett, Pease and Spence, Newcastle-on-Tyne, a firm afterwards amalgamated with Lloyds Bank.

While continuing in business as a banker, Hodgkin devoted a good deal of time to historical study, and soon became a leading authority on the history of the early Middle Ages, his books being indispensable to all students of this period. He died on 2 March 1913. His and the Hodgkin family papers are held at the Wellcome Library in London [3]


The family of Thomas and Lucy Hodgkin is listed as:[4]

Their daughter, Lucy Violet Hodgkin, later Holdsworth, (1869–1954) was a writer and gave the 1919 Swarthmore Lecture under the title Silent Worship : The way of wonder.

Their daughter, Ellen Sophia Bosanquet wrote an autobiography, published by her daughter, Diana Hardman, as Late Harvest: Memories, letters poems.

L.V.Hodgkin assembled his letters and wrote a memorial to her brother, George, published in 1923 [6]


His chief works are:

He also wrote a Life of Charles the Great (London, 1897); Life of George Fox (Boston, 1896); and the opening volume of Longman's Political History of England (London, 1906).


  1. Martin, G. H. (2004) "Hodgkin, Thomas (1831–1913), historian" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. Hilton, Christopher (2004) "Hodgkin, John (1800–1875)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. Wellcome Library catalogue entry forn the Hodgkin Family papers.
  4. Bosanquet, Ellen Sophie (1970) Late Harvest – Memories, Letters and Poems. p. 7.
  5. "Mr R. H. Hodgkin". Nature. 16 October 1937.
  6. George Lloyd Hodgkin 1880 - 1918 available online at Internet Archive
  7. Theodoric the Goth by Thomas Hodgkin. Project Gutenberg
  8. Letters of Cassiodorus. Project Gutenberg


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