Ipswich

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
1558/9THOMAS SECKFORD I 1
 ROBERT BARKER 2
1562/3THOMAS SECKFORD I
 EDWARD GRIMSTON
1571EDWARD GRIMSTON
 JOHN MORE II
1572THOMAS SECKFORD I
 EDWARD GRIMSTON
16 Nov. 1584(SIR) JOHN HEIGHAM
 JOHN BARKER I
6 Oct. 1586JOHN BARKER I
 JOHN LANEY
18 Oct. 1588JOHN BARKER I
 WILLIAM SMARTE
1593ROBERT BARKER II
 ZACHARIAH LOK
18 Oct. 1597MICHAEL STANHOPE
 FRANCIS BACON
12 Oct. 1601MICHAEL STANHOPE
 FRANCIS BACON

Main Article

Ipswich was incorporated in the fifteenth century. In the Elizabethan period the elections appear to have been made in the ‘assembly’, consisting presumably of the bailiffs, ‘portmen’ or aldermen, and common councilmen. A resolution of the assembly in December 1596 indicates that the borough would have preferred to limit its parliamentary representation to resident freemen, though a modification of that resolution, added almost imm