KENYAN, Edmund (d.1414), of Oxford.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Constituency

Dates

1379
Nov. 1380
1381
May 1382
1385
1386
Nov. 1390
1391
1394

Family and Education

m. (1) bef. 1380, Elizabeth, wid. of John Norton (d.1373) of Oxford, 1da.; (2) bef. 1411, Margaret.1

Offices Held

Coroner, Oxford bef. Mich. 1385; bailiff Mich. 1385-6, 1389-90; alderman 1399-1400, 1402-3, 1405-7, 1408-10, 1411-12, 1413-14; mayor 1401-2, 1404-5, 1410-11, 1412-13.2

Commr. to recruit workmen for the repair of Wallingford castle, Nov. 1389; of inquiry, Oxford Feb. 1391 (forgery of a will).

J.p. Oxford 6 Dec. 1397-c.1408.

Biography

Though his parentage is unknown, Kenyan was probably an Oxford man. He was in business as an inn-keeper by 1380, when he paid 3s.4d. as poll tax, and by then his first marriage, to John Norton’s widow, had brought him a number of properties, including shops situated off the High Street. In addition he owned a house near St. Frideswide’s church.3

In 1384 Kenya