STAPLETON, George (by 1519-61/68), of Barnstaple, 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 1519. m. by 1547, Agnes, 3da.1

Offices Held

Mayor, Barnstaple 1556-7, 1560-1.2


George Stapleton’s parentage has not been established, although in his will he was to style himself gentleman. He is likely to have been of Devon stock, but he could have entered the county in the service of Bishop Veysey of Exeter; in 1540 he took delivery at Crediton on the bishop’s behalf of the archdeaconry of Cornwall’s quota of the subsidy and later in London he handled papers relating to that archdeaconry. There is no reason to identify him with Anthony Stapleton’s brother of the same name.3

By 1548, when the eldest of his three daughters was baptized, Stapleton