WHITE, Richard I, of Bury St. Edmunds, Suff. and Norwich, Norf.

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

Sept. 1397

Family and Education

m. bet. May 1417, Juliana.

Offices Held

Treasurer, Norwich Mich. 1391-2; bailiff 1393-4, 1399-1400; sheriff 1411-12.1

Biography

White had originally been a burgess of Bury St. Edmunds. Accused of having taken an active part in the Peasants’ Revolt, when the rebels attacked the great Benedictine abbey there, he was one of 20 townsmen specifically excepted, ‘by reason of many grievous misdeeds’, from the pardons granted in the Parliaments of 1381 and 1382. However, as these particular offenders subsequently ‘submitted themselves humbly to his grace’, the King was prepared to pardon them and all the other local people who were alleged to have been implicated, on payment, by instalments, of a fine of 2,000 marks, for the assessment of which White and the 19 others named were made responsible in December 1382. A year later only half of the fine had been paid, but partly because of ‘compassion for the inhabitants’ estate’, and also because the abbot of Bury had failed to give his promised acquittance, the King then decreed that payment of the last two instalments of 500 marks each should be defe