PIRIE, John, of Canterbury, Kent.
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Jurat, Canterbury Mich. 1395-6, 1401-1, 1403-4; bailiff Mich. 1401-2.1
Commr. of array, Canterbury Dec. 1399, Aug. 1402.
Pirie is first recorded at Canterbury in January 1390, as a recipient of a gift of goods and chattels from John Brenchesle, esquire. He was subsequently employed by Thomas Chillenden, prior of Christ Church, as surveyor and clerk of the works at the cathedral—doubtless in connexion with the rebuilding of the nave—and, as his time was fully occupied, he was included with the masons in an exemption from compulsory royal service on assizes, juries and inquisitions in the city for a period of five years, starting in May 1393. However, before the expiry of this period, Prior Chillenden, ‘for the speedier completion of the works’, had Pirie’s exemption renewed (in February 1397) for a further five years.2 Notwithstanding this opportunity to avoid official commitments, Pirie had become a jurat for the first time in 1395. In July 1398, along with