GREYNTON, William, of Wells, Som.
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Family and Education
An obscure figure even in his home town of Wells, Greynton was engaged in the manufacture of cloth, but only on a small scale. In June 1382 he was present when a much more prominent local merchant, Thomas Tanner*, took possession of a shop in the High Street, Wells, and two years later he was admitted as a freeman of the borough. He provided a pledge for the admission of another burgess in 1393, but apparently never held local office. On 1 Oct. 1397 he served as a juror at an inquisition at Wells concerning a case of mistaken identity, having presumably just returned from Westminster after attending the first session of the Parliament.1
Greynton died at an unknown date before 1407, the year in which his widow married John Collys, a cutler.2