Serjeant John Hoskins was an English poet, scholar of Greek, and politician.
He was the son of John and Margery Hoskins born in Mownton-upon-Wye, Llanwarne, Herefordshire. His father, impressed by his memory and mental abilities, arranged for him to be taught Greek at the age of ten. He attended Westminster School for a year before going to Winchester College in 1579. From 1584 to 1588 he attended their sister foundation New College, Oxford, arriving alongside Henry Wotton. However he was expelled from the University before he became Regent master. The authorities did not appreciate his biting satire. He became a teacher in Ilchester Somerset, where he worked on a Greek lexicon which went as far as the letter M. However through a fortuitous meeting with Benedicta Moyle, he gained entrance to the Middle Temple to study for the bar.
He was elected to parliament for Hereford in 1604 and 1614. However whilst in 1614, in parliament he spoke his mind about the Sicilian Vespers and consequently was imprisoned for a year in the Tower of London alongside Sir Charles Cornmwallis. Subsequent to his release he was elected Lent Reader in 1619, and became a Judge in 1623. He was re-elected MP for Hereford in 1628.