SPARKE, John (by 1502-66), of Plympton St. Maurice, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Apr. 1554

Family and Education

b. by 1502, s. of one Sparke of Nantwich, Cheshire. m. Jane (bur. 29 Dec. 1583), da. of one Moore of Devon, 4s.1

Offices Held

Collector subsidy, Plympton Erle 1523; mayor (bailiff) 1554-5.2


It is not known what led John Sparke, who was born in Cheshire, to settle in Plympton St. Maurice, nor is he easily distinguished from a number of contemporary namesakes. His election to Mary’s second Parliament and his mayoralty later in the same year marked the culmination of his municipal career. Assessed at 5s.on his goods towards the subsidy of 1546, he may have been an overseas merchant as