HUMBERSTON, Roger, of Leicester.

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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Jan. 1397

Family and Education

s. of William Humberston senior, of Leicester, merchant. m. bef. Sept. 1392, Margaret, da. of John Tansley*, wid. of John Samon of Nottingham, 1da.

Offices Held

Mayor, Leicester Mich. 1398-9, 1410-11.1


A member of a prominant Leicester family, Roger was a brother of the mercer, William Humberston, MP in 1378 and mayor in 1389-90, and possibly an uncle of Ralph Brasier* alias Humberston.2 As a leading figure in the Corpus Christi guild, he was involved in 1392 in the foundation of the chantry at St. Martin’s. He also appears to have been a trustee of certain lands belonging to the Newarke college and hospital.3

Humberston owned a considerable amount of property in the borough and suburbs, including a tenement, two messuages, six cottages and various plots of land. In December 1416 he was pardoned the forfeiture of his goods and chattels as a result of his outlawry in the court of husting in London at the suit of the executors of John More, mercer.4 He is not recorded after 1418.

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: Charles Kightly


  • 1. Leicester Bor. Recs. ed. Bateson, ii. 211, 411; Wyggeston Hosp. Recs. ed. Thompson, nos. 567-8.
  • 2. Roll of Mayors ed. Hartopp, 23, 25, 27.
  • 3. CPR, 1399-1401, p. 371; CP25(1)126/73/22, 24.
  • 4. Leicester Bor. Recs. ii. 199, 300, 411, 413; Wyggeston Hosp. Recs. nos. 565, 569; CCR, 1402-5, p. 164; DL42/17 (2), ff. 54v, 55.