Orford

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
1558/9RICHARD WINGFIELD 1
 FRANCIS SONE 2
1562/3LAWRENCE MERES
 WILLIAM YAXLEY
17 Mar. 1571ANTHONY WINGFIELD I
 ANTHONY RUSH
1572ANTHONY WINGFIELD I
 ANTHONY RUSH
7 Nov. 1584HENRY WINGFIELD
 JOHN CUTTING
1 Oct. 1586RICHARD WINGFIELD
 WILLIAM DOWNING
18 Oct. 1588RICHARD WINGFIELD
 GEORGE CHITTINGE
1593EDWARD GRIMSTON
 JOHN NORTH
22 Sept. 1597THOMAS RIVETT
 WILLIAM FORTHE
10 Oct. 1601(SIR) JOHN TOWNSHEND
 SIR RICHARD KNIGHTLEY

Main Article

Only one genuine townsman was returned for Orford during this period, John Cutting (1584); and only one local country gentleman independent of a patron, William Forthe (1597). In the earlier part of this period the most important influence was that of the Wingfields of Wantisden, and their relatives the Sones. Three members of the Wingfield family represented the borough: Richard Wingfield (1559, 1586, 1589), Anthony Wingfield I (1571, 1572) and Henry Wingfield (1584), whose identity is