GYLES, Thomas, of Dover, Kent.

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

1402
1406

Family and Education

s. of John Gyles*. m. bef. Feb. 1413, Martha.1

Offices Held

Jurat, Dover Sept. 1384-6, 1388-90, 1393-4, 1408-9; mayor 1406-8, 1413-14.2

Cinque Ports’ bailiff at Yarmouth Sept.-Nov. 1393.3

Bailiff, Rye 28 Oct. 1399-25 Nov. 1411.

Biography

Gyles is occasionally recorded in the court books of Dover between 1385 and 1412. At the earlier date he was holding land in the hundred of Folkestone, for which, as a Portsman, he claimed tax exemption. But his income was derived mainly from his interests as a shipowner, and vessels of his were frequently mentioned in the customs accounts as carrying cargoes to and from Dover in the years 1384 to 1398.