HAYWARD, alias SEYMOUR, John (c.1355-1407), of Bridport, Dorset.

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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Oct. 1377
Jan. 1380
Feb. 1383
Apr. 1384
Nov. 1384
Feb. 1388
Jan. 1390
Sept. 1397

Family and Education

b.c.1355, s. of Walter Seymour of Bridport. m. (1) by 1372, Edith; (2) by 1383, Scholastica, wid. of John Oure alias Gower of Weymouth, 1s. d.v.p. 1da.1

Offices Held

Bailiff, Bridport Mich. 1380-1, 1382-3, 1384-5, 1387-8, 1389-90, 1392-3, 1394-5, 1398-9, 1402-3; constable 1393-4, 1395-6, 1401-2.2

Tax collector, Dorset Dec. 1380.


On 4 Dec. 1377, when up at Westminster for his second Parliament, Hayward was paid £31 8s.9d. at the Exchequer, this sum being part of £57 8s.9d. he was owed for supplying royal ships with ropes, cables, hawsers and other gear. Whether or not he was primarily a rope-maker or ship’s chandler, he was also involved in the manufacture of cloth.3 His property in Dorset and Somerset, acquired by both marriage and inheritance, included messuages near ‘le Bakhouse’ and others in East Street, Bridport, Hayward paying for the latter, where he lived, an annual rent of £2 to the Chideok family. In 1393 he proffered rents of 6d. a year to the town, in exchange for a lease for himself, his second wife and his children, Robert and Petronilla, on property in South Street. Through his marriage to Scholastica, the widow of a Weymouth burgess, Hayward also took control of lands in Walditch and premises in Dorchester, agreeing, however, that after her death he would pay a rent of £3 p.a. to her former husband’s brother. When over 40, Hayward inherited lands in Merriott, Crewkerne and Kingston Pitney, Somerset, valued at over £6 a year, from his father’s cousin, John Radeston, who died in 1395.4 On the second day of his 13th Parliament, 18 Sept. 1397, he secured a ten-year lease from the Exchequer of a toft and 40 acres of land in