WALLIS, James (by 1523-88), of Grantham, Lincs.

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

Dates

Oct. 1553

Family and Education

b. by 1523. m. by 1548, 3s. 3da.1

Offices Held

Alderman, Grantham in 1557.2

Biography

James Wallis was a trader in flax and a merchant of the staple who in 1544 was assessed for the subsidy at Grantham on goods worth £30. He presumably owed his election to the eclipse of Sir William Cecil at the beginning of Mary’s reign, which enabled the town to choose a resident as its other Member after accommodating the 2nd Earl of Rutland by re-electing Sir Edward Warner. Unlike Warner, Wallis did not oppose the initial measures to restore Catholicism. After the fall of Calais he was licensed to ship wool to Bruges. He was in London on business when on