SHAWE, John I (d.1407), of Oxford.

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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Sept. 1388

Family and Education

m. bef. 1380, Maud, prob. 1s. John II*; ?(2) Margaret.1

Offices Held

Bailiff, Oxford Mich. 1377-8; coroner 1386-95, bef. Nov. 1405 and at d.; alderman Mich. 1391-5, 1396-1406; mayor 1395-6.2

Commr. of arrest, Oxford July 1378.


When a young man in 1361, Shawe allegedly broke into the property of John Gibbes at Oxford, with other malefactors, and made off with timber and masonry. Elected bailiff in 1377, he and his colleague Thomas Somerset*, were ordered by the government to repair the town defences, and also, again in their official capacity, to serve on a royal commission set up to assist the prior of St. Frideswide against his disobedient canons. He paid 6s.8d., a comparatively large sum, towards the poll tax of 1380, at which time he was employing three domestic servants. Evidently, his trade as a fishmonger was flourishing. Four years later, with John Hickes* and other burgesses, he was required to give security that no harm would be done to the warden or scholars of Merton college, with whom the commonalty had a longstand