ROGERS, Edward, of Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorks.
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Prob. s. either of William Rogers or of James Rogers of Kingston-upon-Hull.
The identification of an obscure townsman with the Member for Kingston-upon-Hull is preferred to one with his namesake, the Protestant courtier. Although the latter could have been nominated for the borough by its governor, (Sir) Michael Stanhope, no link has been found between him and Stanhope, the brother-in-law of Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford; he was not a client of the Seymours and his quarrel with Sir Thomas Seymour II earlier in the decade tells against the suggestion. The Member was thus probably the Edward Rogers who was assessed in the White Friars ward of the town during the mid 1540s on goods worth 20s. A Rogers family seems to have been important in the town: James Rogers had been a town chamberlain in the 1530s and had served as mayor during 1543-4, and William Rogers had been mayor in 1532-3 and 1536-7. Of the life of Edward Rogers the Member nothing further has emerged, probably because the municipal records from the late 1540s onwards are missing.
E179/203/216; T. Gent, Kingston-upon-Hull (1869), 109, 115; L. M. Stanewell, Cal. Anct. Deeds, Kingston-upon-Hull, 155-6, 375; J. Tickell, Kingston-upon-Hull, 186.