DIGONS, John (1500/1-85), of Chichester, Suss.

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. 1500/1. m. at least 1s.1

Offices Held

Constable, Chichester by 1535, steward of St. George’s guild 1543, mayor 1548-9, 1556-7, 1567-8, alderman by 1567.2


The John Digons who died an alderman of Chichester in 1585 was a widower with several grandchildren and a son who outlived him by only ten years: he was thus probably old enough to have begun his civic career as constable in 1535. If so, nothing is known of his parentage and the long history of the Digons family at Chichester begins with him.3

It was presumably as constable that Digons detained goods belonging to Robert Bowyer I and John Kirkham, who sued him for it in the city court in 1535, and it was certainly his actions in that capacity which five years later involved hi