Arundel

Borough

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Elections

DateCandidate
7 Jan. 1559SIR FRANCIS KNOLLYS
 THOMAS HENEAGE
1562/3SIR JOHN ST. LEGER
 WILLIAM AUBREY
1571THOMAS BROWNE
 MICHAEL HENEAGE
20 Apr. 1572THOMAS FANSHAWE I
 RICHARD BROWNE I
1584THOMAS FANSHAWE I 1
 ROBERT BUXTON 2
1586THOMAS FANSHAWE I
 THOMAS PALMER II
30 Oct. 1588(SIR) OWEN HOPTON
 THOMAS FANSHAWE I
1593THOMAS FANSHAWE I
 RICHARD BAKER
13 Oct. 1597WILLIAM ESSEX
 JAMES SMITH
1601THOMAS PALMER II
 THOMAS BAKER

Main Article

The borough of Arundel was controlled by the earls of Arundel. Its officers, including the mayor and coroner, were elected at an annual court leet. Election returns were made in the name of the mayor, burgesses and commonalty. At the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign, elections were in the hands of Henry Fitz Alan, the 12th Earl of Arundel, who brought in two fellow-courtiers, Sir Francis Knollys and Thomas Heneage, in 1559; Michael Heneage, a brother of Thomas, in 1571; a civil lawyer, William Aubrey, recommended by the 1st Earl of Pembroke, in 1563; and three relatives, Sir John St. Leger (1563), Thomas Browne (1571) and Richard Browne I (1572). Thomas Fanshawe I, who represented Arundel in five consecutive Parliaments, was remembrancer of the Exchequer, and as such would have had dealings with the earls of Arundel over their debts to the Crown.3

Fitz Alan was succeeded in 1580