HART, Richard (by 1517-78), of Exeter, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Mar. 1553
Oct. 1553
Apr. 1554

Family and Education

b. by 1517. m. ?by 1538, ?Elizabeth, at least 5s.1

Offices Held

Town clerk, Exeter 1538-d., common serjeant by 1564.2


Although Richard Hart claimed gentility, he probably sprang from a family of yeomen dispersed through Devon. On his appointment as town clerk of Exeter in 1538 he was admitted as a freeman and settled in the parish of All Hallows where he lived until his death. He frequently visited London on civic business, and it was in recognition of his services to Exeter that on 28 Feb. 1552 he was given the stewardship of a manor there for life and an annuity of 20s.