MARCHAUNT, John I, of Rochester, Kent.

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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Feb. 1383
Feb. 1388

Family and Education

m. bef. Jan. 1400, Mabel, ?1s. John III*.

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This MP may have been the son of John Marchaunt of Strood who, by his marriage to Alice, sister and heir of John Slappele, a timber merchant, acquired a tenement at Hay wharf in Dowgate Ward, London, of which the couple disposed in 1355.1 He himself was already living in Rochester by 1373 when he purchased a messuage there, and he was listed as a resident in the city’s poll tax returns of March 1377. In 1394 Marchaunt acted as a surety in Chancery for a man from Chatham, and in 1398 he witnessed deeds at Rochester. Together with his wife, Mabel, he acquired some more property in the city from John Mateshale* in 1400, but it was in the capacity of a feoffee that, in May the following year, he released his right in the Hart atte Hopp to Joan, wife of William Rypon.2

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: L. S. Woodger


  • 1. CAD, i. A1638, 1789. It was perhaps the older John Marchaunt who supplied tanned oxhide for covering a pair of bellows at Rochester castle in 1367-8: Arch. Cant. ii. 120.
  • 2. CP25(1)107/196/1963, 111/254/14; E179/123/44; CCR, 1392-6, p. 257; Harl. Chs. 46A 25, 50G 47; Arch. Cant. xxi. 315.