Morpeth

Borough

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

Elections

DateCandidate
1553 (Oct.)JOHN WATSON
 WILLIAM WARD II
1554 (Apr.)THOMAS BATES
 WILLIAM WARD II
1554 (Nov.)HENRY PERCY 1
 WILLIAM WARD II 2
1555?CUTHBERT HORSLEY
 ?THOMAS BATES
1558ROBERT WHEATLEY
 THOMAS BATES

Main Article

The barony of Morpeth, with the lordship of the town and castle, passed to the Dacre family after the marriage of Thomas, 2nd Lord Dacre to the heiress of Ralph, 5th Lord Greystoke. Leland observed that Morpeth was a market town ‘long and meetly well builded’ and remarked on its ‘fair castle standing upon a hill’. The town was important enough to serve on occasion as the site of shire elections even after the Act for the keeping of county days (2 and 3 Edw. VI, c.25) had specified Alnwick as the meeting place of the shire court.3

By agreement with the 2nd Lord Dacre the government of the borough was based upon its seven guilds, two at least of which paid to the lord part of the fines levied on their members. Authority was vested in two bailiffs, seven aldermen (one from each guild) and a body of free burgesses, assist