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|1558/9||RICHARD DOUGHTY 1|
|WILLIAM BAINBRIDGE 2|
|1562/3||WILLIAM MORE II|
|1576||ROBERT BAINBRIDGE 3 vice Tyrwhitt, expelled the House|
|1584||HENRY BEAUMONT I 4|
|WILLIAM BOTHAM 5|
|22 Sept. 1586||WILLIAM BOTHAM|
|1588/9||RICHARD FLETCHER II|
|1597||HENRY DUPORT 6|
|ROBERT STRINGER 7|
|1 Oct. 1601||PETER EURE|
Little is known about the government of Derby before James I’s charter of 1612 By the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign, however, there were certainly two bailiffs, a recorder and chamberlain. The office of steward has not been found before the 1590s, but the absence of local records makes it impossible to say when it first appeared. Members of Parliament were chosen by the freemen and, judging by the surviving returns for the Elizabethan period, the bailiffs acted as returning officers.
For the most part Derby retained a strong degree of independence in its choice of Members. There are indications, however, that the 6th and 7th Earls of Shrewsbury, the most prominent men in the county, enjoyed some influence in the borough. The 7th Earl, high steward by 1611, was the man to whom the town turned in a moment of crisis in 1591, but Shrewsbury influence on actual elections appears to have been slight. It seems likely that three men only—Tristram Tyrwhitt, Henry Beaumont I and Peter Eure—owed their nomination, directly or indirectly, to Shrewsbury support.
Townsmen were returned to the first three Parliaments of the reign. William Bainbridge and William More II had both previously sat in Marian Parliaments.