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|16 Jan. 1559||ROLAND LACON|
|1562/3||SIR GEORGE BLOUNT|
|23 Apr. 1572||SIR GEORGE BLOUNT|
|12 Nov. 1584||THOMAS LAWLEY|
|7 Oct. 1586||THOMAS LAWLEY|
|5 Nov. 1588||WILLIAM BAYNHAM|
|SIR JOHN POOLE|
|15 Sept. 1597||WILLIAM BAYNHAM|
|11 Nov. 1597||THOMAS FANSHAWE I vice Baynham, deceased|
|1 Oct. 1601||JOHN BRETT|
After the dissolution of the monasteries, the lordship and site of Wenlock priory were granted to Thomas Lawley, a Calais merchant, who died in 1559 leaving infant sons. Control of the borough seats then passed into the hands of the neighbouring gentry.
The borough was incorporated as the bailiff, burgesses and commonalty, and the right to vote at parliamentary elections was vested in the burgesses.
During the early years of the reign, Much Wenlock’s MPs were drawn from a group of inter-related country gentry. Roland Lacon (1559), whose seat, Willey, lay within the borough, was the cousin of his fellow MP, George Bromley, an Inner Temple lawyer and brother of the future lord chancellor. Sir George Blount (1563, 1572), was Lacon’s nephew, and a relative of