BOLTON (BULTON), Robert, of Derby.
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Another Robert Bolton, possibly the MP’s father, served as a juror at coroners’ inquests held at Derby in 1364, and in 1381, at the assizes, was found guilty with his wife Cecily of unlawfully acquiring property at nearby Alyaston.1 Shortly before his election to Parliament, on 9 Mar. 1414, the younger Robert, a butcher by trade, gave evidence at Derby to the royal commissioners investigating the activities of lollards in the locality. He was again pricked as a juror in 1426, for a suit between Ralph Hussey* and Thomas Dethick. At the parliamentary elections held at Derby the previous year Bolton had stood surety for the attendance of Elias Stokkes.2