VESSY, Robert (d.1430), of Exeter, Devon and London.

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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Mar. 1416

Family and Education

m. Alice.

Offices Held

Steward of Exeter Mich. 1415-16, 1418-19; member of the council of 12, 1417-18, 1419-21, 1422-5, 1426-9; receiver 1421-2; mayor 1425-6.1

Constable of the Staple, Exeter Nov. 1419-20, 1421-2, 1423-4; mayor 1426-Oct. 1427, Nov. 1429-d.2

Collector of customs and subsidies, Exeter and Dartmouth 14 Nov. 1423-d.


Vessy was admitted as a freeman of Exeter on 17 Jan. 1412, paying a fee of 20s. for the privilege. From then until his death he played an active role in the government of the city, appearing as an elector of local officials on as many as 13 occasions, and discharging tasks of administration almost continuously from 1415 until his death. His principal trading concern was fish, but his other description as ‘chapman’ suggests that he also dealt in a wide variety of commodities. Many of his dealings took place in London. It