PORTER, Arthur (by 1505-59), of Newent and Alvington, Glos.

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. by 1505, 1st or o. surv. s. of Roger Porter of Newent by Margaret, da. of John Arthur of Clapton-in-Gordano, Som. educ. L. Inn, adm. 14 Feb. 1524. m. (1) by Feb. 1524, Alice, da. of John Arnold of Churcham, Glos., at least 12ch. inc. Sir Thomas; (2) Isabel, da. of Sir William Denys of Dyrham, Glos. by Anne, da. of Maurice, de jure 3rd Lord Berkeley, wid. of Sir John Berkeley (d.c.1548) of Stoke, Som., s.p. suc. fa. 1523.1

Offices Held

Escheator, Glos. and Welsh marches 1526-7; feodary, duchy of Lancaster, Glos. and Herefs. 1529-30, 1559; j.p. Glos. 1537-47, q. 1554-d.; commr. musters 1542, chantries 1548, relief 1550; sheriff 1548-9.2


The Porter family, originally from Somerset, was settled in Newent, Gloucestershire, by the mid 15th century. Arthur Porter’s legal training was influenced by his marriage into the Arnold family. It was as son-in-law to John Arnold, prothonotary and clerk of the crown in Wales, that he was admitted with Arnold’s son Nicholas to Lincoln’s Inn to use Arnold’s chamber there.3

Porter may have practised as a lawyer but little is known of his activities apart from his connexion with the duchy of Lancaster and work on the local bench. He was called the King’s servant when appointed receiver of the lands of Llanthony priory by Gloucester in 1539 and also in 1542. He attended the reception of Anne of Cleves in 1539 and served in the army against France in 1544. He was to be appointed an executor of the will of