WEBBE, William I (by 1508-c.47), of Huntingdon.

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

Dates

Family and Education

b. by 1508. m. Elizabeth.1

Offices Held

Biography

The junior Member for Huntingdon in 1529 remains a shadowy figure. Perhaps descended from Simon Webbe, a bailiff of Huntingdon who died in 1497, he makes occasional appearances in the affairs of the town. In 1532 he was one of the witnesses—and among the few of these who wrote their own names—to its agreement with the King on the appointment of a new incumbent at the Hospital of St. John; five years later he was involved in Huntingdon’s dispute with Cambridge over its claim, as part of the duchy of Lancaster, to be free of toll on horses laden with wool, a claim which the mayor of Cambridge declared to be ‘imagined by the procurement of William Webbe’.2

The election of 1529 is the only one held during the reigns of the first two Tudors for which the names of the Members for Huntingdon survive: this fact, combined with the paucity of the borough’s records, limits comment on that election largely to speculation. As a duchy of Lancaster borough Huntingdon might have been expected to return at least one nominee, and the senior Member, Thomas Hall II, appears to answer this description. If the town was able to claim the second seat for itself, Webbe is to be regarded as its choice, although with a Webbe family living ten miles away at Kimbolton, home of Sir Richard Wingfield, c