SIMON, John (by 1458-1524), of 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 1458. m. (1) Alison (d. aft. Jan. 1519), 1s.; (2) Agnes.3

Offices Held

Bailiff, Exeter 1483-4, member of the Twenty-Four by 1496-d., receiver 1499-1500, mayor 1512-13, 1523-d.; churchwarden, St. Petrox’s, Exeter 1487-90, 1502-4; collector of customs, ports of Exeter and Dartmouth 4 Oct. 1492-?d., gauger 12 Feb. 1508-?d.; constable of the staple, Exeter 1501-2, 1505-6; commr. subsidy, Devon 1512, 1513, 1515, Exeter 1523, 1524.4


John Simon was an Exeter merchant who was remembered as a wise gentleman. After his admission to the freedom during 1478-9 he combined trade with local administration and service to the crown. His Membership was an episode in his civic career and could have had official support since as a customer he helped to victual the armies sent to Spain and northern France; at the election held in 1512 he polled 19 votes out of a possible 21. During the prorogation of that year he and his fellow-Member Richard Hewet agreed to defer submitting their claim for wages until the Parliament was dissolved, and after their uncontested re-election in 1514, in compliance with the call for the return of the previous Members, they seem to have made a similar arrangement for that Parliament: the pair were eventually paid in full at the standard rate of 2s. a day.5

Simon died during his second mayoralty. He was a sick man when on 26 Sept. 1524 he ma