Heytesbury

Borough

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Background Information

No names known for 1510-23

Elections

DateCandidate
1529SIR JOHN SEYMOUR
 ROBERT SEYMOUR
1536(not known)
1539(not known)
1542(not known)
1545WILLIAM SHARINGTON
 EDWARD CHAMBERLAIN II
1547THOMAS THROCKMORTON I 1
 THOMAS EYNNS 2
1553 (Mar.)(not known)
1553 (Oct.)FULK MOUNSLOWE alias LANGLEY
 THOMAS HILL
1554 (Apr.)RICHARD FORSETT
 CHRISTOPHER DYSMARS
1554 (Nov.)HENRY UNTON
 ?THOMAS CHAFFYN II
1555THOMAS HUNGERFORD
 FULK MOUNSLOWE alias LANGLEY
1558CHRISTOPHER SACKVILLE
 HENRY PARTRIDGE

Main Article

At the beginning of the 16th century the manor of Heytesbury was held by the Hungerford family, as it had been when the borough first returned Members in 1449, but on the attainder in 1540 of Walter, Lord Hungerford, it was forfeited to the crown. In June 1541 William Sharington obtained a lease of the demesne lands and in March 1553 Henry Wheeler, a gentleman of the privy chamber, was granted the lordship of the manor.3

As a proprietary borough, never incorporated, Heytesbury was administered by one or two bailiffs. Election indentures, all in Latin, survive for the last Parliament of Henry VIII and the five Marian Parliaments, the one for 1558 being in a damaged condition. The second contracting party with the sheriff of Wiltshire varies: in 1545 it is the bailiff or bailiffs (unnamed) together with the burgesses; in October 1553 and the following March the two bailiffs, William Button II and John Frowde, with the community of the borough; in October 1554 Henry Wheeler with all the burgesses and community, and in 1555 Button and Frowde, only Button being described as bailiff, with the burgesses and community. The names of several Members are inserted in hands different from those of the documents, Edward Chamberlain’s, Richard Forsett’s and Christopher Dysmarâ€