MERSTON, John (d.c.1416), 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

1393
Oct. 1404
Nov. 1414

Family and Education

m. bef. 1401, Alice.1

Offices Held

Commr. of inquiry, Oxford Feb. 1391 (forgery of a will).

Bailiff, Oxford Mich. 1391-2; alderman 1398-1400, 1401-3, 1404-5, 1406-7, 1408-11, 1412-15; mayor 1400-1, 1403-4, 25 Jan.-Mich. 1412.2

Alnager, Oxford 11 Dec. 1396-c. June 1399.

J.p. Oxford 6 June 1401-c.1408.

Biography

Merston, a chandler, was established in Oxford by 1380, when he paid the small sum of 1s. as poll tax, and from 1391 he spent more than 20 years in regular service in local offices. He stood surety for the attendance of Adam de la River at the Parliament of September 1397. During his first mayoralty he se