King's Lynn

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 HOGAN 1
 THOMAS WATERS 2
1562/3ROBERT BELL
 RICHARD LESTRANGE
1571ROBERT BELL
 JOHN KYNNE
1572ROBERT BELL
 JOHN PELL
18 Jan. 1580JOHN PEYTON I vice Bell, deceased
9 Mar. 1584JOHN PEYTON I
 RICHARD CLARKE
5 Oct. 1586RICHARD CLARKE
 THOMAS OXBOROUGH
1588/9RICHARD CLARKE
 THOMAS BOSTON
1593(SIR)JOHN PEYTON I
 WILLIAM LEWIS II
16 Sept. 1597THOMAS OXBOROUGH
 NATHANIEL BACON
9 Oct. 1601SIR ROBERT MANSELL
 THOMAS OXBOROUGH

Main Article

The corporation of King’s Lynn consisted of the mayor, 12 aldermen and 18 common councilmen. The electors were the ‘mayor, the aldermen and common council’. Some of the surviving returns for this period recite the names of the burgesses taking part, about 24 in 1584, 21 in 1586, 18 in 1597. In 1589 the parliamentary wages were 3s.4d. a day, raised by a special tax, often collected at the same time