BRISCO (BRISTOO, BRISTOW), Simon, of Carlisle, Cumb.
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Family and Education
Simon Brisco is a shadowy figure. The Briscos of Crofton, Cumberland, were a family of considerable antiquity. Brisco must have been of this family, although his position in it has not been established. He may have been elected through the influence of William, 3rd Lord Dacre, but later he evidently enjoyed a standing in the town. He was one of those whose signatures to the Carlisle Dormont Book on 9 July 1561 followed that of the mayor, and at about the same time he held property in Carlisle of Robert Brisco. He was not among those Members of Mary’s first Parliament who ‘stood for the true religion’, that is, for Protestantism.
Nicolson and Burn, Westmld. and Cumb, ii. 202-3; E. Sandford, Antiqs. and Fams. in Cumb. (Cumb. and Westmld. Antiq. and Arch. Soc. tract ser. iv), 30; Vis. Cumb. (Harl. Soc. vii), 11-12; Carlisle Recs. (Cumb. and Westmld. Antiq. and Arch. Soc. extra ser. iv), 86; C142/129/19.