Clitheroe

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
13 Jan. 1559THOMAS GREENACRES
 WALTER HORTON
4 Jan. 1563THOMAS GREENACRES
 JOHN JEFFREY
1571RICHARD GREENACRES
 GEORGE HORSEY
1572WILLIAM WYNTER
 THOMAS DOCWRAY
1584MICHAEL PUREFOY 1
 ALEXANDER FISHER 2
1586EDMUND POLEY
 JOHN WALMESLEY
17 Oct. 1588ROBERT PILKINGTON
 JOHN WHITE
1593WILLIAM TWYSDEN
 JOHN CHAMBERLAIN
16 Oct. 1597WILLIAM HOLT
 GEORGE ROTHERAM
13 Oct. 1601JOHN OSBALDESTON
 ANTHONY DERING

Main Article

Clitheroe was a small borough run by two bailiffs who were also the returning officers. An insight into the way elections were conducted in this period is provided by a letter sent by the bailiffs to ‘the sergeant of our borough and corporation of Clitheroe’ 10 Oct. 1601:

Whereas we have received a proclamation heretofore made by the sheriff of the county of Lancaster wherein is declared her Majesty’s pleasure for and concerning a Parliament to begin at Westminster the 27th of this instant Octob