DRAPER, Gilbert (d.1417), of Bridport, Dorset.
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m. by 1391, Alice, s.p.1
Cofferer, Bridport Mich. 1391-2; bailiff 1393-4, 1403-4, 1405-6, 1410-11; constable 1396-7, 1398-9.2
Draper, who was engaged in the local cloth trade, paid a fee of 20s. admission to the freedom of Bridport, and acquired two adjacent houses in South Street.3 In 1389 he provided securities at the borough court for Sir Humphrey Stafford I* of Hooke, who was then contesting ownership of property in the town, and in November 1406 he joined him in petitioning for a royal licence to alienate the manor of ‘Bromelegh Castle’ and property in Dorchester, Melcombe and Bridport, of which Draper’s contribution was to be a burgage in Bridport, to the Benedictines of Abbotsbury. The request, however, was apparently refused. In 1412 Draper appeared on a local jury giving evidence for