KIRKBY, Thomas I, of Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorks.
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Bailiff, Kingston-upon-Hull Mich. 1391-2, 1409-10.1
Commr. to make arrests, Kingston-upon-Hull July, Dec. 1394; of inquiry, Yorks. Dec. 1395 (wreck at Bridlington).
Mayor of the Staple at Kingston-upon-Hull, date unknown.2
Kirkby was a member of the mercantile community of Hull, with a particular interest in the export of cloth and wool, which he shipped regularly from the port from 1381 onwards. On at least one occasion, in 1386, he was shipwrecked in the treacherous waters of the Humber while sailing for Holland with a group of English merchants. Their valuable cargo was arrested by one John Frank of Holderness, and in December of that year Kirkby himself travelled to Westminster to present a petition for redress to the royal council and act as spokesman for his associates.3 He appears to have been on friendly terms with the vicar of the chapel of Holy Trinity, Hull, who chose him, in July 1388, to act as one of his executors. Three years later he assumed office as town bailiff, and was thus able to return himself to the Parliament of November