FRANK, Philip (d.1432), of Bishop's Lynn, Norf.

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. Margaret, 2s. ? inc. Richard.

Offices Held

Chamberlain, Lynn Mich. 1409-10, 1425-6; constable c.1423-1425; mayor 1426-7.1

J.p. Lynn 30 Apr. 1429-d.

Commr. of weirs, Norf. Feb. 1431.

Biography

Philip Frank, who came from a local family, purchased his admission as a burgess of Lynn in 1401-2.2 One of the mediocres, on 14 Apr. 1411 he gave assurances in Chancery that other Lynn men, either of his party, like Bartholomew Petipas, or of the inferiores, such as William Halyate*, would not molest any of their fellow townspeople. Returned to Parliament later that year, during the first mayoralty of another of his colleagues (Roger Galion), Frank entered into a bond for £50 with the mayor and community four days before the Parliament was dissolved on 19 Nov. Then chosen as one of the 18 arbitrators in the quarrels over Lynn’s constitution, he did not, however, figure on the committee of nine which took over the government of the borough in May 1412.3 Frank helped to return the inferiores, Halyate and John Tilney, to the last Parliament of Henry IV’s reign, which was prematurely ended by the King’s death; and his name appears as an elector on the indentures of 1414, 1420 (when he was mainpernor for a potentior, Thomas Brigge), 1422, 1425, 1429 and 1432 (acting on the last three occasions as surety for Thomas Burgh,