KYMER, Eustace, of Melcombe Regis, Dorset.
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Bailiff, Melcombe Regis Sept. 1394-5, 1397-8, 1400-1.1
Searcher of ships, Melcombe and adjacent ports 10 Nov. 1399-c.1405; tronager and pesager 10 Nov. 1399-Mar. 1408.
Kymer traded in woollen cloth and in the year following his first bailiffship of Melcombe he was assessed for alnage on six broadcloths sold in the town. At the borough court in February 1397 he stood surety for William Fisher when the latter was charged by the bailiffs with defaulting on rental payments. While attending Henry IV’s first Parliament Kymer was appointed to two royal offices on the same day, both of them concerned with the commerce of Melcombe. These assignments were, in fact, to search ships entering or leaving the estuary for smuggled goods, and to weigh merchandise before shipment or on unloading. He was not discharged from the post of tronager until 1408, having in the meantime been returned to Parliament for a second time. Kymer is last recorded in October 1414 when he acted as a delegate sent from Melcombe to Dorchester to inform the sheriff of Dorset of the outcome of the local parliamentary elections.2
Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
Author: L. S. Woodger
Variants: Kemere, Keymer.