BRACE, John (by 1519-59 or later), of London.

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 1519. educ. Clement’s Inn; I. Temple, adm. 2 Nov. 1533.2

Offices Held

Clerk of the pleas, Exchequer by 1545.3


John Brace was probably the nominee of the Protector Somerset at Weymouth for the first Parliament of Edward VI’s reign; his fellow-Member, John Cornelius alias Johnson, was supported by Somerset’s brother, Admiral Seymour. As lord treasurer Somerset was evidently desirous of having Exchequer men in the House, where Brace was not the only representative of that department to sit in the Parliament of 1547; the Journal does not mention him. Little trace has been found of Brace beyond his discharge of his clerkship; in 1557 he was given a reduced rate for his chambers in the Temple by (Sir) Thomas Saunders and two years later he sued out a general pardon.4

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: Helen Miller


  • 1. Hatfield 207.
  • 2. Date of birth estimated from education.
  • 3. E405/115, mm. 9v, 48.
  • 4. Cal. I.T. Recs. i. 196; CPR, 1558-60, p. 184.