BISLEY, John II, of St. John the Baptist's parish, Gloucester.
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Bailiff, Gloucester Mich. 1410-11, 1417-18, 1422-4, ?1425-6.2
In 1407, when the parson of St. John the Baptist’s church, Gloucester, procured a royal licence to acquire land for a cemetery, in accordance with an agreement between him and his parishioners, John Bisley was named among the latter. It was most probably he who, in the Gloucester stewards’ accounts of 1409-10, was recorded as receiving an annual fee of 20s. together with 11s. for his robe, and, if so, he evidently followed the same profession as John Bisley I. Described as John Bisley ‘senior’, he witnessed local deeds in 1414 and as late as September 1425. He attended the parliamentary elections held at Gloucester in 1413, 1415 and 1420, John Bisley ‘junior’ being also present on this last occasion. The latter had meantime acted as John senior’s mainpernor at his election in 1419. On 4 Nov. 1423 John Bisley II was one of the bailiffs responsible for replying to the sheriff’s precept to hold the parliamentary elections, and also during this official year he and his fellow bailiff, Richard Dalby*, were prosecuted by the abbot of St. Peter’s for illegally permitting Grace Lane, near the abbey, to be befouled with animal entrails.3
It may well have been this John Bisley who purchased land at Wotton near Gloucester at Easter 1403, and it was certainly he who further extended the family holdings by marrying Katherine, the daughter of Anselm Guise, who died in 1407. Together with Guise’s widow, Anne, in February 1410 he entered into recognizances undertaking