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|14 Nov. 1584||DENZIL HOLLES|
|10 (?) 1588||GEORGE CHAWORTH|
|4 Oct. 1597||ROGER PORTINGTON|
|1601||ROGER MANNERS II|
East Retford did not receive a charter of incorporation until 1607, being governed during Elizabeth’s reign, as for many years past, by two bailiffs. The borough began to send Members to Parliament in this period in 1571. Elections were held in the moot hall in the presence of the bailiffs and an unknown number of burgesses. None of the Elizabethan MPs lived in the town.
The list of Members leaves little doubt that the powerful Manners family, earls of Rutland, was behind East Retford’s representation in the Parliament of 1571, although Edward Manners, the 3rd Earl, only came of age in July 1510: he may have needed the support of his uncle George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, or of another relative, Sir William Cecil, whose ward he had been. A favourite with the Queen, Shrewsbury, whose grandfather had been granted the manor of East Retford by Henry VIII, may have been high steward of the borough; he was also lord lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, at least until 1569, and the owner of extensive estates in the area. The East Retford Members were challenged in the House on 6 Apr. 1571, along with other boroughs who had not previously returned MPs during the reign, and the matter was referred