HOTOT, Walter, of Exton, Devon.
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Family and Education
Walter may have been related to Henry Hotot, a priest who, in 1368, was installed as chaplain of the chantry of St. Edmund on Totnes bridge by presentation of William, Lord Zouche of Harringworth.1 Described as ‘of Exton’, a village on the Exe estuary, in October 1387 Walter witnessed a grant for the local vicar. He was, however, definitely involved in the affairs of Totnes: in 1389, the year before his election to Parliament, he was recorded as one of two collectors of fines levied in the borough court; in 1401 he witnessed a deed dated there; and by 1405 he had become a member of the local guild merchant.2