WASTELL, Robert, of Totnes, Devon.

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

1406
1410

Family and Education

Offices Held

Biography

Wastell is first recorded in 1401 when, described simply as ‘of Devon’, he stood surety in Chancery for one Robert Cordelle, who had been accused of a trespass. He was probably a native of Totnes and primarily a barber by trade, although he may also have taken some part in the expanding cloth industry of the town. He acted as a local assessor for the parliamentary subsidies levied in 1414 and 1416 and served on the jury in borough courts held in 1415 and 1425. In the meantime, in another court held in Totnes in 1415, he had been indicted for disturbing the peace, and whether for this or some other offence, in January 1417 he was declared an outlaw. Nevertheless, he clearly escaped the full effects of this sentence for his possessions, which included linen and woollen cloth, were not fo