CHAFFYN, Thomas II (by 1519-58/59), of Salisbury, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Nov. 1554

Family and Education

b. by 1519, s. of Thomas Chaffyn I. m. by 1549, Sybil, da. of Robert South of Salisbury, 1s. 2da. suc. fa. May/Oct. 1558.1

Offices Held

Member of the Forty-Eight, Salisbury 1540, of the Twenty-Four 1541, auditor 1546, mayor in 1547, dep. mayor in 1551.2


Thomas Chaffyn was in all likelihood the eldest son of Thomas Chaffyn I and not a younger son of the same name. His father, who suffered from ill-health, was probably not returned to Parliament again after 1529, but Thomas Chaffyn junior, as he is called in the heralds’ visitation and on the parliamentary return for Salisbury in 1555, may also have been elected for Heytesbury in November 1554, unless that Member came from another branch of the family, settled at Mere.3

In 1547 the goods owned by Thomas Chaffyn junior in the Market ward of Salisbury were assessed for subsidy at £60, one third of the value placed on his father’s; in 1550 and 1551 the assessment on these goods was £45 and on others in St. Martin’s ward £20, figures which were reduced in the following year to £40 and £17. In May 1546 and again in April 1547 Chaffyn heard the accounts of the stewards of the mass of Jesus in St. Edmund’s church, and in May 1558 those of the churchwardens there; he served as city auditor with his father in 1546 but the Thomas Chaffyn ‘draper’, who heard the accounts of St. Edmund’s in 1553, was probably his younger brother. In 1548 Chaffyn received £25 for his mayoral pension and additional costs.4<