WALTHAM, Thomas, of Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorks.
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Family and Education
m. by Jan. 1383, Katherine.1
Bailiff, Kingston-upon-Hull Mich. 1376-7; mayor 1386, 1385-6.2
Waltham had already established a flourishing business as a vintner in Hull by 1364, when he obtained a royal licence to export £50 in silver and gold to Gascony so that he could buy wine for shipment back to England. Not much is known of his activities over the next few years, but it seems likely that he was the Thomas Waltham who received 22 s. in expenses in the spring of 1369 for conveying money for the Crown from the port of Boston to Hull.3 His involvement in the affairs of the borough began in 1376 with his election as bailiff, after which he went on to serve twice as mayor and three times as a parliamentary burgess. According to one local antiquary he was a leading protagonist in the quarrel between the townspeople and Alexander Neville, archbishop of York, over the development of the haven of the river Hull (Saye