HONYWODE, Alan (d.1401), of Hythe, 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

m. Joan, 2s. inc. John*.

Offices Held

Jurat, Hythe Feb. 1383-4, 1386-91, 1396-7, 1399-1400.1


A maltolt which Honywode accounted for at Hythe in 1374 shows that he traded in cattle and sheep, sometimes alive but more often as carcasses, which suggests that his main occupation was that of a butcher. He owned land in the hundreds of Worth and Hayne, adjacent to Hythe, for which as a Portsman he claimed exemption from taxation between 1373 and 1397.2

In his will made on 9 Oct. 1401 Honywode asked to be buried in St. Leonard’s church, Hythe, to which he made a bequest of six marks for its fabric. Besides other, conventional ecclesiastical legacies, he left 2s. to the fraternities of St. John the Baptist and St. Katherine, and 2s.6d.to a Franciscan. He distributed 76s.8d. among his numerous relations, and appointed his wife, Joan, and his sons, John and Robert, his executors to dispose of any residue. The will was proved at Canterbury on 9 Nov.3

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: A. P.M. Wright


  • 1. Hythe Reg. 1, ff. 11, 13, 14, 17, 19, 26.
  • 2. Hythe accts. box 27, f. 68; E179/225/7, 16, 237/57.
  • 3. Canterbury Cathedral City and Diocesan RO, consist. ct. Reg. 1, f. 12.