HORE, John II (d.c.1452), 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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May 1421

Family and Education

m. by 1426, Joan,1 2s. 2da.

Offices Held

Cofferer, Bridport Mich. 1422-3, 1427-8, 1429-30, 1431-2; bailiff 1430-1, 1436-7, 1438-9, 1443-4; constable 1440-1.2

Tax collector, Dorset Jan. 1436, Mar. 1442.


Early in Henry IV’s reign Hore, who had been born in Carmarthen, settled in Bridport, where he established a small business trading in wine imported through Southampton.3 In 1426 the cofferers of Bridport leased to him, his wife and their son, John, a tenement and four shops in East Street, and in 1432, when he himself was a cofferer, he granted another building there to John But (probably that same son, since But was an alternative surname frequently used by the Hores). He later held property in West Street and South Street also, and became a member of the local fraternities of St. Nicholas, St. Katherine and the Two Torches. Elsewhere in Dorset he acquired premises at Walditch and Weymouth.4 Hore was one of four delegates sent to the county court at Dorchester to notify the sheriff of the results of the Bridport borough elections to the Parliaments of 1425, 1429, 1431 and 1435. It was on the occasion of his own third return to Parliament that he addressed a petition to the Commons asking for letters patent of denization which, after consideration by the King’s Council and the Lords, were granted, and so he was allowed to continue owning property and filling official positions in Bridport. At the elections to the Parliaments of 1442 and 1449 (Feb.) he stood surety for William Oliver, Thomas Skargill and John Burgess. In 1444 he was one of the ov