BENEFIELD, William, of Melcombe Regis, Dorset.

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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Family and Education

Offices Held

Bailiff, Melcombe Regis Sept. 1416-17, 1419-21.1


William was probably a kinsman of John Benefield, who was elected bailiff of Melcombe Regis in September 1400 and was among the delegates who reported at the shire court the results of the elections held at Melcombe for the Parliaments of 1414 (Apr.), 1421 (Dec.) and 1422.2 It was while serving as bailiff in 1421 that William Benefield was himself returned to Parliament.

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: L. S. Woodger


  • 1. E368/191-3.
  • 2. HMC 5th Rep. 578; C219/11/3, 12/6, 13/1.