BOSS, Henry, of Colchester, Essex.

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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Jan. 1397

Family and Education

m. 1s. Henry†.

Offices Held

Alderman, Colchester Sept. 1382-3, 1387-8, 1395-6, 1405-6; councillor 1384-5, 1399-1401, 1404-5; claviger 1395-6; mace bearer 1399-1400; bailiff 1406-7.1

Tax collector, Essex Dec. 1384, Nov. 1386.


Boss owned one of the seven mills in Colchester, being from 1373 onwards occasionally fined for taking excessive tolls. In 1382 he was accused with the other mill-owners of conspiring with the bakers not to grind the corn of the commonalty on fair days and market days, so that only the bakers could sell flour and bread. They were acquitted, however. He also had an interest in the cloth trade, being assessed for alnage at Colchester in 1394-5.