MAISEMORE, Richard, of Worcester.
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Tax collector, Worcs. Mar. 1377.
Bailiff, Worcester Mich. 1384-6.1
Despite the fact that Maisemore sat for Worcester in the Commons on as many as ten occasions, surprisingly little is known about him. He had become a citizen by 1378, and at the elections to the Parliament of May 1382 he stood surety for the city’s representatives. During his two consecutive terms as bailiff, he was three times returned to Parliament; and it was while his eighth Parliament was in session that in November 1386 he found surety for the Exchequer lessees of estates in Somerset, his fellow mainpernor being William Brantingham*, the receiver of the duchy of Cornwall. In September 1388 Maisemore was instructed to buy as many horses as might be needed for royal use and to deliver them to the master of horse. In the following year he became briefly involved in the lengthy litigation over the archdeaconry of Worcester between William Malpas and William Rocombe, which had already lasted some six years and had been the subject of a case at the Papal Curia and in the royal Chancery, Malpas’s summons to the latter court now being delivered by him and Thomas Lichfield†.2
It was probably this Richard Maisemore who had interests in the Worcester cloth industry in 1401, and perhaps he owned the lands in Northwick, just outside the city, which at Easter 1419 were to be conveyed by his kinsman, Walter Maisemore, to John Wood I*.3
Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
Author: L. S. Woodger
Variants: Maysemore, Mazemore, Meysmore.