BELL, John II (by 1514-43 or later), of Winchelsea, Suss.

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

Constituency

Dates

Family and Education

b. by 1514.1

Offices Held

Mayor, Winchelsea 1535-6, 1541-2, jurat 1542; bailiff to Yarmouth 1535.2

Biography

John Bell’s interest in the export of wood is revealed by the testimony given in August 1538 by a mariner of Aust in Normandy that a cargo of 12,000 billets which he had bought from Bell for use in the herring fishery had been seized by English customs officers despite Bell’s assurance that they were not liable to duty. With the coming of war Bell turned privateer; in April 1543, after he and another had seized three fishing boats from Normandy and ransom