BAKER, John III (by 1501-38 or later), of Bedford.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1501.1

Offices Held

Bailiff, Bedford 1522-3, mayor 1528-9, 1537-8.2


Apart from his municipal career almost nothing has been discovered about John Baker. It may have been he who in the mid 16th century leased the manor of Biddenham near Bedford, formerly belonging to Newnham priory, but in any case it is likely that he was a townsman, perhaps the son or nephew of the John Baker described in 1506 as ‘sexton of Bedford’. In the 1520s the names appear conjoined, as those of executors or witnesses, in the wills of several inhabitants of Bedford and surrounding parishes.3

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: N. M. Fuidge


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from first reference.
  • 2. Mins. Bedford ct. of pleas 1523-4; Bedford yr. bk.
  • 3. Beds. Hist. Rec. Soc. xiv. 9; xxxvii. 14, 17, 36, 59, 62, 64, 66.