MORYS, Nicholas, of Trumpington, Cambs.

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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Constituency

Dates

Apr. 1414

Family and Education

m. bef. Aug. 1403, Margaret,1 1s. John.

Offices Held

Commr. of inquiry, Cambs. Mar., Apr. 1401 (poaching on crown lands), Feb. 1408, July 1413 (repairs to the great bridge at Cambridge), May 1415 (counterfeiting); sewers, Isle of Ely Mar. 1407, Norf. June 1407.

J.p. Cambridge 8 Feb.-May 1414.

Biography

Nicholas was a member of the prominent Cambridge family which had provided the town with several mayors and served the borough in Parliament on at least 16 occasions between 1307 and 1380. It seems likely that he was a younger son of John Morys, and was named after John’s brother Nicholas, the abbot of Waltham Holy Cross from 1371 until his death in 1389. The younger Nicholas was frequently recorded in association with Thomas Morys (d.1414) of Chesterton and Cambridge, for whom he acted as a feoffee-to-uses, and it may be supposed that he was Thomas’s brother. He himself inherited certain of the family lands situated some two miles south of Cambridge at Trumpington, which came into his possession before 1412, when, together with his property in the shire town itself and at Chesterton, they were valued for the purposes of taxation at £20 a year. In addition, by that date Morys had also acquired landed holdings in Northamptonshire at Rothwell, Titchmarsh and Glapthorn, estimated as worth 20 marks p.a., although whether these had been purchased or formed part of his wife’s inheritance is not known.2

Morys had been first mentioned, in May 1397, as a witness to a conveyance dated at Saddlebow in Norfolk. His training as a lawyer was by then already completed and at the assizes at Cambridge later that year he proved popular as an attorney, taking briefs from his kinsman, Thomas, and Sir Walter de la Pole*, among others. When he provided securities in Chancery that December on behalf of a defendant from Trumpington, he did so in association with Thomas Lopham*, another member of the legal profession who was to be his colleague on later occasions too. Perhaps Morys’s most distinguished client was Si