WATFORD, Stephen, of Wycombe, Bucks.
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Family and Education
Watford, who was always in royal employment, is first heard of in March 1361 when, as a yeoman of the kitchen, he was granted an annuity of four marks ‘for good service’. This grant was confirmed by Richard II in 1378. Still retained by the King at the time of his first election to Parliament, a year later, in April 1385, now described as ‘servant of the King’s household’, he was awarded a new annuity of £10. When, in October of that year he sat in the Commons for the second time, William atte Dene*, a prominent burgess of Wycombe, was one of his sureties for attendance.