WILD, Thomas (by 1508-59), of The Ford and Worcester, Worcs.
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Chamberlain, Worcester 1545-6, bailiff 1547-8, bridgemaster 1554-5, member of the Twenty-Four 1555, auditor 1555-6.3
A clothier who was probably the second of his family and trade to settle and prosper in Worcester, Thomas Wild was elected to the Parliament of 1547 to replace John Braughing who had died about Whitsuntide 1551. He attended most of the last session which opened on 23 Jan. 1552, receiving on 28 Apr. a payment of £7 6s. for 73 days at the customary rate of 2s. a day. Re-elected to the Parliament of 1558, he and his fellow-Member Robert Youle set out on 16 Jan., four days before the opening of the first session, returning on 11 Mar., four days after its close, and receiving payment accordingly ‘over and above other charges allowed’ by the city. It was in this Parliament that Worcester’s repeated efforts to secure the amendment of an Edwardian statute regulating the cloth trade finally succeeded (6 Edw. VI, c.6; 4 and 5 Phil. and Mary, c.5) and it may well have been in this connexion that Wild was accused of slandering John Marshe, one of the Members for London, by saying ‘that he had unburdened the clothiers from the search of cloths and laid it upon the buyers’. On 18 Feb. the House committed