Ripon

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
7 Jan. 1559FRANCIS KEMPE 1
 JOHN SAPCOTE 2
1562/3GEORGE LEIGHE
 RICHARD PRATT
1571MARTIN BIRKHEAD
 ANTHONY ROANE
19 Apr. 1572MARTIN BIRKHEAD
 JOHN SCOTT II
1584WILLIAM SPENCER 3
 GERVASE LEE 4
6 Oct. 1586WILLIAM SPENCER
 SAMUEL SANDYS
10 Oct. 1588PETER YORK
 WILLIAM SMITH II
1593ANTHONY WINGFIELD II
 WILLIAM BENNET
16 Sept. 1597JOHN BENNET
 CHRISTOPHER PARKINS
21 Oct. 1601JOHN THORNBOROUGH
 CHRISTOPHER PARKINS

Main Article

Ripon, ‘a town within the liberty of the archbishopric’ of York, was governed during the Elizabethan period by a ‘wakeman’ and his assistants. The archbishop’s officer in the borough was the high steward of the liberty of Ripon. Sir William Mallory held the post probably from 1570 and certainly by 1598. The electorate was small. The 1558/9 return mentions the wakeman, six burgesses and commons; that of 1572 was signed by about 12 persons, while the 1588 return was by the wakeman, nine other named persons and ‘other inhabitants’. Towards the end of the reign several ‘blank’ returns were used. The name of William Smith II is written in a different hand from the rest of the 1588 return, and in 1597 the names of both MPs are in a different hand.

The parliamentary representation of R