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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Oct. 1553

Family and Education

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

Offices Held

Alderman, Grantham in 1557.2


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 th