Liskeard

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
1558/9[REGINALD] MOHUN I 1
 HENRY CHIVERTON 2
14 Dec. 1562GEORGE BROMLEY
 REGINALD MOHUN
1571BASIL JOHNSON
 JOHN CONNOCK
1572HENRY MACWILLIAM
 PAUL WENTWORTH
16 Nov. 1584PETER EDGECOMBE
 EDWARD DENNY
1586JONATHAN TRELAWNY
 RICHARD EDGECOMBE II
26 Oct. 1588JONATHAN TRELAWNY
 JOHN JACKSON
1593JONATHAN TRELAWNY
 GEORGE WRAY
20 Sept. 1597HENRY NEVILLE
 EDWARD TRELAWNY
29 Sept. 1601SAMPSON LENNARD
 THOMAS EDMONDES

Main Article

Liskeard, a duchy of Cornwall borough, had sent Members to Parliament since the reign of Edward I. It owed its prosperity to fairs and markets and to its position—re-established early in Elizabeth’s reign—as one of the ‘coinage’ towns of the stannaries.3 Elizabeth confirmed its privileges by charter in 1587. The town was governed by a common council of nine capital burgesses or governors, from whom a mayor was chosen each year. A set of ‘constitutions’ for the borough, drawn up locally a year after the charter had been renewed, added 15 inferior burgesses to the governing body. All 24 held office for life. The council appointed a st