NOSEWORTHY, John (by 1481-1530/32), of Ashburton and Exeter, Devon.

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 1481, ?poss. s. of John Noseworthy of Ashburton.2

Offices Held

Churchwarden. Ashburton 1502-4; bailiff. Exeter 1502-3, member of the Twenty-Four by 1508, receiver 1516-17, mayor 1521-2; commr. subsidy 1523, 1524.3


John Noseworthy came of a family traceable in the locality of Widecombe since the 13th century but his parentage has not been established. Either he or a namesake (possibly his father) collected money for wax for candles in Ashburton church during 1496-7. He was to become churchwarden there after his admission as a freeman of Exeter in 1501-2 but before he settled in Holy Trinity parish, Exeter: on several occasions he was to represent Ashburton’s interests in the city’s