DUNHEAD, John I, of Huntingdon.
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Bailiff, Huntingdon Mich. 1397-8.
It is not always easy to distinguish this MP from John Dunhead II, who may well have been his son, and who sat with him alternately in the four Parliaments summoned between 1394 and 1397 (Sept.). John I was serving as bailiff of Huntingdon when, in May 1398, he and his colleague, John Sabrisforth*, were sued by the abbot of Ramsey for possession of a messuage owned by the community. In the following year he went surety for John Rous I* on his admission to the freedom of Huntingdon; and he also offered guarantees on behalf of Robert Beville and Thomas Waweton when they were elected as shire knights to, respectively, the Parliaments of 1399 and 1402. John I evidently survived until 1406, if not later, since his namesake was then still being called ‘the younger’.
CCR, 1396-9, p. 270; Huntingdon Recs. ed. Griffith, 54; CPR, 1405-8, pp. 236, 354.