Guildford

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
10 Jan. 1559SIR THOMAS PALMER
 THOMAS STOUGHTON
1562/3THOMAS BROMLEY 1
 JOHN AUSTEN 2
1571PETER OSBORNE
 HENRY KNOLLYS I
1572WILLIAM MORE I
 THOMAS STOUGHTON
14 Jan. 1581LAURENCE STOUGHTON vice Thomas Stoughton, deceased3
26 Oct. 1584GEORGE MORE
 LAURENCE STOUGHTON
1586GEORGE MORE
 LAURENCE STOUGHTON
23 Oct. 1588(SIR) WILLIAM MORE I
 GEORGE MORE
1593GEORGE MORE
 LAURENCE STOUGHTON
4 Oct. 1597(SIR) WILLIAM MORE I
 SIR ROBERT SOUTHWELL
17 Oct. 1601ROBERT MORE
 WILLIAM JACKSON

Main Article

Guildford had been incorporated in the middle ages and was governed by a mayor, ‘approved men’, and the guild of merchants. In 1559 Henry, 12th Earl of Arundel, held the office of high steward. On his death in 1580, Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln, was elected but died within five years. The corporation then chose Charles Howard I, Lord Howard of Effingham. Among the gentry living near Guildford, the most prominent was (Sir) William More I, of Loseley, who took an active interest in the borough’s affairs.

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