WEATHERELD, William (d.c.1453), of Ipswich, Suff.

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

Dec. 1421
? 1447

Family and Education

m. Margaret, 1da.

Offices Held

Coroner, Ipswich Sept. 1421-3, 1430-1; treasurer 1432-3; bailiff 1432-3, 1435-6, 1438-9, 1443-4, 1446-7, 1450-1; auditor 1452-3.2

J.p. Ipswich 10 July 1433-Feb. 1438, 12 Nov. 1440-Mich. 1453.

Tax collector, Suff. May 1437, Aug. 1449.

Biography

Weathereld is first recorded in September 1418 when, already a burgess of Ipswich, he acted as pledge for the admission of another man to the freedom of the borough. He attested the local elections to the Parliament of 1421 (May), and was himself returned to the second Parliament of the year, which met not long after his nomination as a coroner. In his trading ventures Weathereld was probably quite successful, for some time in Henry V’s reign he was able to make a commercial covenant involving an initial outlay of as much as £317.3 Weathereld purchased property in various parts of Ipswich, thereby becoming a figure of some standing in the town. Besides those holdings he acquired by himself, in 1423 he was associated with Sir William Phelip* and others in securing from the bailiffs a lease of two plots of land in St. Peter’s parish, and in 1437 he joined with William Debenham II in renting premises in those of St. Nicholas and St. Clement.4

Although Weathereld’s relations with others involved in the government of Ipswich were not always cordial (when James Andrew* was engaged in an acrimonious dispute with the authorities, Weathereld revealed to him the secret deliberations of the borough council in order that he should succeed), his repeated service in borough offices clearly indicates that, on the whole, he was held to be trustworthy; and when, in January 1435, the town set up a body to supervise the building of an extension to the guildhall, he was one of the burgesses selected.5 As bailiff, Weathereld was responsible for making the returns to the Parliament of 1447, an assembly of which he himself may eventually have become a Member, although he is not named as such on the parliamentary indenture. He subsequently attended the elections held for the Parliament of 1449 (Nov.). Meanwhile, along with other portmen of Ipswich, he had been named in