BRASIER, alias HUMBERSTON, Ralph, of Leicester.

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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Apr. 1414
May 1421

Family and Education

prob. s. of William Humberston† of Leicester.

Offices Held

Bailiff, Leicester Mich. 1403-4;1 mayor 1406-7, 1414-15, 1421-2, 1429-30.2


Brasier came of an important Leicester family, and was perhaps the nephew of Roger Humberston*. He was much involved in affairs relating to the parliamentary representation of the borough during this period, being either chosen as an MP or acting as a witness at every recorded election between 1407 and 1437.3

Probably a permanent resident of Leicester, Brasier certainly owned property there as well as at nearby Humberston (shared with Roger Flore* of Oakham) and further afield at Brooksby, nine miles north of the town. He was still alive in 1443.4

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: Charles Kightly


The identification of Ralph Humberston ‘brazier’ and Ralph Brasier is clear from local records, where the names are used interchangeably for the same man in the same office: Wyggeston Hosp. Recs. ed. Thompson, nos. 571-7, 581-2; CCR, 1429-35, p. 295.

  • 1. Wyggeston Hosp. Recs. nos. 571-2.
  • 2. Ibid. nos. 573-4; Roll of Mayors Leicester ed. Hartopp, 27.
  • 3. C219/10/4, 5, 12/4, 13/1, 3, 14/1, 2, 4, 5, 15/1.
  • 4. CP25(1)126/73/10, 74/9; Wyggeston Hosp. Recs. nos. 593, 1022.