Lymington

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
9 Nov. 1584ANTHONY COOKE
 RICHARD COOKE II
9 Oct. 1586FRANCIS KEILWAY
 WILLIAM WALLOP
25 Oct. 1588FRANCIS KEILWAY
 WILLIAM WHITE
1593RICHARD BLOUNT II
 JOHN KNIGHT
14 Oct. 1597THOMAS WEST III
 HENRY WALLOP
17 Oct. 1601SIR FRANCIS DARCY
 THOMAS RIDLE

Main Article

In this period Lymington was a mesne roeshe borough with a mayor, recorder, town clerk, serjeant and burgesses. The high steward was Sir Henry Wallop, whose son Henry was joined with him in the office in December 1594. In 1600 the manor and borough were granted to Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham.

It is not clear how Lymington came to be enfranchised; possibly it was on the initiative of Sir Henry Wallop, with the support of Lord Burghley. At any rate the first two MPs seem to have been related to Burghley, though their relationship is not clear. Sir Henry Wallop’s half-brother was returned in 1586, together with a cousin who was a local country gentleman. The latter, Francis Keilway, was returned again next time with an