Thomas Hodgkinson was born in about 1642.  He played an active part in the local politics of Preston for most of his adult life, serving as mayor in 1672 and 1680.  There can be little doubt of his political leanings since he described the arrival of one of his many children in 1683 as the delivery of ‘another young Tory’. 
Hodgkinson was the leader of the group of Tories including James Ashton, George Addison, John Kellet and Thomas Winckley who controlled Preston corporation in the 1680s. After the Revolution, along with other leading Preston Tories, Hodgkinson stayed loyal to James II and was a consistent non-juror. He withdrew from active politics in 1689 and ‘adopted a stance of weary non-involvement: “I meddle none”.’ 
He died in 1697.