SOUTH, Robert (by 1494-1540), of Salisbury, Wilts.

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 1494, ?2nd s. of Robert South of Salisbury by w. Alice. m. by 1512, Beatrice, 3s. 2da.3

Offices Held

Collector in Market ward, Salisbury 1515, assessor 1522, member of the Forty-Eight by 1522, of the Twenty-Four 1528, mayor 1528, auditor 1528, 1533, 1535-6; commr. for vagabonds 1532, gaol delivery 1540; j.p. 1540.4


Robert South and his elder brother William of West Amesbury, Wiltshire, are the first of their family to be included in the heralds’ visitation. They may have been the sons of Robert South, who figures in the accounts of the churchwardens of St. Edmund’s, Salisbury, from 1468 until 1510-11 and who crowned an active civic career by becoming mayor in 1506. The elder Robert either inherited or acquired the status of gentleman, for he was so described in 1499-1500 when the great bell of St. Edmund’s church was tolled for his wife Alice; his son William was given this style when assessed for subsidy at West Amesbury in 1545, and the younger Robert is called gentleman in his will. Both brothers held property in Salisbury in 1525, when William was assessed for subsidy on goods worth £50 and Robert on goods worth £80.5

South’s Membership of two Parliaments was the natural culmination of his civic career but he probably owed his first election in 153