PAYNE, Thomas (by 1507-60), of Gloucester.
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b. by 1507. m. (1) or (2) ?sis. of John Soller.2
Sheriff, Gloucester 1528-9, 1533-4, alderman 1533-d., master of St. Margaret’s hospital 1535-6, 1548-9, mayor 1540-1, 1552-3, coroner 1548-9; clerk of the creeks and passages belonging to Bristol 30 Dec. 1556.3
Thomas Payne may have been a descendant of a Bristol namesake who dealt in wine in the late 15th century, and a kinsman of Anthony Payne, importer of wine in the 1540s. He was styled merchant in 1544 when he acquired the site of the Greyfriars, Gloucester. In 1556 he settled this property, where he was then living, upon Thomas Pirry and his wife, who were to lease it to him for 50 years at a rent of £10. Payne built the city’s conduit for which he was paid £75 in 1551, and he was responsible for its maintenance until his death.4
Payne owed the experience of sitting in Parliament at the opening of Mary’s reign to the mayoralty of Sir Thomas Bell who had established a lien on one of the city’s seats, and to the provision of a seat elsewhere for the recorder, Sir John Pollard. He was first elected at the close of his own second mayoral year. Unlike his fellow-Member Thomas Loveday, he received payment in full for the Parliament of April 1554. In both these Parliaments Payne was appropriately returned as senior Member (he and Bell are often called ‘the eldest aldermen’ in the city’s records), but on his third and last election in 1558 he took second place to the new recorder, Richard Pate.