AVERY, John I, of Old Sarum, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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Apr. 1384
Nov. 1384
Feb. 1388
Sept. 1388
Sept. 1397

Family and Education

Offices Held

Mayor, Old Sarum 1400.1


Avery was apparently one of the more important resident burgesses of Old Sarum, for which borough he was returned to Parliament on at least ten occasions. John Wallop* of Salisbury acted as his surety for attendance in 1384 (Nov.) and Robert Page* in 1394. He himself fulfilled this role at Old Sarum several times: for William Ashton in 1378, John Chipplegh* in 1382 and 1385, Walter Upton* in 1382 and William Haulegh in 1383. He also witnessed local deeds from 1380 to 1400, including one, dated September 1400, in his capacity as mayor. Meanwhile, as a parishioner of St. Peter’s, Old Sarum, he had been present when, in April 1395, Bishop Waltham of Salisbury held a visitation, although it was as a parishioner of Stratford sub Castle that he welcomed the dean of Salisbury, John Chandler, on the occasion of his tour of inspection ten years later.2

Bartholomew Avery* and the John Avery who was mayor of Old Sarum in 1453 were probably his relatives.3

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: Charles Kightly


  • 1. Salisbury RO, ‘Domesday bk.’ II, f. 26.
  • 2. C219/8/2, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 9/10; Tropenell Cart. ed. Davies, i. 144, 147; Reg. John Chandler (Wilts. Rec. Soc. xxxix), 54; R. Benson and H. Hatcher, Old and New Sarum, 755.
  • 3. C219/16/2.