COVENTRE, William I, of Devizes, Wilts.

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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Oct. 1383

Family and Education

m. at least 1s. John I*.

Offices Held

Mayor, Devizes 1388-9.1


The progenitor of an influential local family, William Coventre is first heard of when he paid 6d. towards the contribution made by Devizes to the poll tax of 1379. His only known term as mayor occurred between his two returns for Parliament. In 1407 he stood surety for the attendance in Parliament of John Peyntour, burgess-elect for Devizes. He was officiating as a churchwarden of St. Mary’s church in 1411, and witnessed deeds on behalf of other churchwar