ETON, Richard, of Pirbright and Merrow, Surr.
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Mayor, Guildford Mich. 1424-5.2
Coroner, Surr. by 8 Oct. 1428-c. 23 Jan. 1431.
In 1411 Richard Eton and John Wintershall* obtained a quitclaim of three messuages and extensive farmland in Pirbright from Ralph Eton, a citizen and skinner of London, and his wife Tiffany, who owned other property in Surrey and were probably Richard’s parents. Some years later in 1424 a second quitclaim of land in Pirbright, this time by Margaret Ladde, was made to Eton and his associates; and it may well be that he was adding to his holdings in this area. Eton was present at the Guildford county court for the election of the shire knights to the Parliaments of 1414 (Nov.), 1420, 1422, 1423, 1425 and 1429. He had clearly served as coroner for some time before the autumn of 1428, for it was then that the sheriff was ordered to remove him because he lacked the necessary qualifications. Nothing seems to have been done, however: he was still in office over two years later, and further instructions were sent out for his removal. Eton was still alive in May 1434, when, described as ‘of Merrow’, he was required to take the general oath not to maintain breakers of the peace in the county of Surrey.3
Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
Variants: Eaton, Eyton.