DAMIET, William, of Dartmouth, Devon.

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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Constituency

Dates

Family and Education

m. by 1390, Christine, wid. of William Henry† of Dartmouth.

Offices Held

Bailiff, Dartmouth Mich. 1389-90; mayor 1395-7.1

Collector of customs and subsidies from Bridgwater to Melcombe Regis 20 June 1392-4, Feb. 1397-8; Melcombe Regis and adjacent ports 16 Dec. 1404-5.

Biography

Damiet was probably a native of Dartmouth. By marrying the widow of William Henry, the parliamentary burgess of 1381 and a kinsman of the mayor of 1389-90 (when Damiet himself was bailiff), he acquired an interest for life in property in the town and on the other side of the estuary at Kingswear.2 A merchant and sea captain, he was involved in the capture of a Flemish vessel in 1387; however, this being a time of truce, the King’s Council decided that full compensation should be made to the owners for the stolen cargo of wine, and Damiet appeared with John Hawley I* before the Council to negotiate an honourable settleme