BOURER, William (d.1422), of Salisbury, Wilts. and Horton, 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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Bourer was living in Salisbury in 1398, when he contributed £2 towards the city’s share of a parliamentary subsidy. Apart from the fact that in the same year he presented three entire woollen cloths for levy of alnage, and that he was elected to the Parliament of 1410, nothing more is recorded of him until 1422, when William Warmwell* appointed him as an executor of his will.2 However, he himself died before being called upon to act. By that time he had apparently moved to Dorset and become a sheep farmer, although he continued to own a house in Salisbury. His will directed that he should be buried at Horton, where a chantry was to be set up. He also left sums of money to the vicar there and to the local monks, and every pauper in the village was to receive a bushel of corn. Over 200 sheep were to be shared out among his relations and servants, 40 of them passing to his sole executor, William Warmwell’s nephew, Robert, a former mayor of Salisbury.3

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: Charles Kightly


  • 1. Salisbury RO, ledger bk. A, f. 35.
  • 2. Ibid. f. 6; ‘Domesday bk.’ III, f. 88; E101/345/2.
  • 3. ‘Domesday bk.’ III, f. 68.