PALMES, Brian (by 1467-1519), of Naburn, Yorks.

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 1467, 1st s. of William Palmes of Naburn by Ellen, da. of Guy Roecliffe of Roecliffe. educ. M. Temple. m. (1) by 1488, Anastasia (?Heslerton); (2) lic. 15 Nov. 1493, Ellen, da. of John Acclom of Moreby, at least 1s.; (3) by 1506, Anne, da. of Sir Thomas Markenfield of Markenfield, wid. of Christopher Conyers of Sockburn, co. Dur.; at least 4s. 6da.2

Offices Held

Bencher, M. Temple by 1504, Lent reader 1504.

J.p. Yorks. (E. Riding) 1494-1514, (W. Riding) 1501-14, liberties of Beverley and Ripon 1507, (N. Riding) 1514, Cumb., Northumb. and Westmld. 1514, York 1515, Lincs. (Holland) 1519; commr. musters, Yorks. (E. Riding) 1495, Yorks. 1511, (W. Riding) 1512, subsidy, Yorks., Kingston-upon-Hull and York 1512, 1514, 1515; other commissions, Northumb., Yorks. and Westmld. 1494-1516; recorder, York 23 Dec. 1496-1509; serjeant-at-law 1510; justice of assize, northern circuit 1514-15, midland circuit 1516-d.3


Brian Palmes came of a family which had held the manor of Naburn, near York, since at least the reign of John, but a provision in his will suggests that he was born at his mother’s home at Roecliffe near Boroughbridge. It was probably about 1480 that he and his younger brother Guy entered the Middle Temple, where both were to do well. In 1496 he became recorder of York in succession to Sir William Fairfax, and in the following year was made a freeman; he proved more diligent in attending the York council than some recorders, twice supervising elections when a mayor died in office. It was a measure of the city’s satisfaction that in 1504 it appointed his brother, who was already a serjeant, to be ‘of counsel’ at 20s. a year. His and his first wife’s membership of the city’s Corpus Christi guild, and his own of the merchants’ guild, suggest that he engaged in trade. When in December 1509 Palmes was elected to Parliament he at once resigned the recordership. The city rarely elected its recorder and the choice of Palmes may have been influenced by his recent despatch to London with two aldermen, one of them his fellow-Member William Nelson, on unspecified business. Unlike Nelson, he