Margaret Hoby 1571-1633

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Margaret HOBY, Lady HOBY 1571-1633

Biographical Note

Of Hackness, Yorkshire, daughter of Arthur Dakins (b.c. 1517-d.1592), gentleman and JP of Linton and his wife, Thomasine Gye (d.1613). Educated in the household of Henry Hastings, third earl of Huntingdon. She married thrice: first to Walter (b.1569), son of Walter Devereux, secondly to Thomas Sidney, brother of the poet Sir Philip Sidney, and after his death in 1595 to Sir Thomas Hoby (1566-1644). Hoby is known as the author of the earliest known diary of an Englishwoman, written between 1599 and 1605.


Her diary contains extensive references to reading in her closet; some of her books, with her annotations, survive in Hackness parish library (now in York Minster Library).