GATYN, John, of London and Guildford, Surr.
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Family and Education
Although Gatyn was probably born a Londoner, he soon developed strong connexions with Guildford, both through his trade as a fishmonger and his subsequent investment in local property. He first appears in May 1368, when, described as ‘of London’, he stood surety for John Hanekyn in Chancery. Four years later he was himself being sued for trespass in Surrey and spent a brief period in prison until his own mainpernors offered bail of £40 on his behalf. By October 1376 Gatyn had become a member of the guild merchant at Guildford, whose expenses at this time included a payment of 3s. arising from the cost of meeting unspecified fines incurred by him and by other prominent townsmen.1 Soon afterwards he began to establish himself as a landowner, acquiring property in the manor of Bermondsey from Peter and Katherine Shep; but he none the less kept up his business interests in London until 1400, if not later. A charter of August 1383, confirming Gatyn and his heirs in possession of all Joan Bradstead’s land, rents and tenements in Guildford and elsewhere in Surrey referred to him specifically as ‘citizen and fishmonger of London’. So too did the promise made to him in the following November by Thomas Chi