BENGE, Richard (d.1409/10), of Sandwich, Kent.

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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Constituency

Dates

Jan. 1397

Family and Education

m. bef. Sept. 1399, Agnes, sis. of Constance, w. of John Gyllyng*.1

Offices Held

Jurat, Sandwich Dec. 1385-6, 1398-9, 1400-3, 1404-5; mayor 1407-8.2

Biography

Benge is first recorded, in March 1381, as shipping cloth from Sandwich, but nothing more is known of his mercantile activities.3 In 1390 he was named as an executor of the will of a prosperous townsman, Thomas Ellis†. This involved him over the next few years not only in managing the foundation and endowment of a chantry of three chaplains in St. Peter’s church (for which regulations had to be drawn up and papal confirmation obtained), but also in founding the hospital of St. Thomas at Sandwic