DUNHEAD, John II, of Huntingdon

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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Sept. 1397

Family and Education

Offices Held


Probably the son of John Dunhead I, the subject of this biography is first mentioned in May 1393, when he and Richard Prentice* offered sureties in Chancery for a local clerk. He may have owned property in Catworth, Huntingdonshire, as well as in the county town itself. Certainly, a John Dunhead of Catworth was active as a trustee, in April 1405, since he then conveyed some land to the wife of a local burgess; and much later, in about 1436, he and his son, Robert, transferred two tofts and 172 acres of woodland there. It is, however, possible that we are dealing with two separate individuals, since a John Dunhead ‘gentleman of Huntingdonshire’ appears frequently during this period as a royal commissioner, tax collector and mainpernor, and was, quite clearly, of a far higher social class than our MP.1 Th