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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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.


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.