Hedon

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
1558/9JOHN VAUGHAN I 1
 JOHN SALVEYN 2
1562/3SIR JOHN CONSTABLE
 CHRISTOPHER HILLIARD I
1571CHRISTOPHER HILLIARD I
 WILLIAM PALER
1572CHRISTOPHER HILLIARD I
 JOHN MOORE I
31 Oct. 1584HENRY CONSTABLE
 FULKE GREVILLE
3 Oct. 1586(SIR) HENRY CONSTABLE
 JOHN HOTHAM
12 Oct. 1588JOHN ALFORD
 CHRISTOPHER HILLIARD II
1593HENRY BROOKE alias COBHAM II
 CHRISTOPHER HILLIARD II
26 Sept. 1597THOMAS SALVEYN
 CHRISTOPHER HILLIARD II
12 Oct. 1601MATTHEW PATTESON
 CHRISTOPHER HILLIARD II

Main Article

The government of Hedon was based on a charter granted in 1348 and confirmed by Elizabeth in 1565, which provided the borough with a mayor, two bailiffs, a coroner and other officers. Municipal and parliamentary elections were conducted in a general assembly of the burgesses. It is not clear how many burgesses had the right to vote and the surviving Elizabethan returns shed no light on this problem. The returns are made out by the ‘mayor, bailiffs and burgesses’. In 1601 a separate ‘blank’ return was made out for each Member.

At the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign the 6th Earl of Westmorland gr