Southwark

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
20 Jan. 1559JOHN ESTON
 ROBERT FREEMAN
1562/3THOMAS CURE
 OLIFFE BURR
1571THOMAS CURE
 WILLIAM WILSON
17 Apr. 1572OLIFFE BURR
 THOMAS WAY
2 Oct. 1584THOMAS WAY
 RICHARD HUTTON
1586THOMAS CURE
 RICHARD HUTTON
1588/9RICHARD HUTTON
 WILLIAM PRATT
1593HUGH BROWKER
 RICHARD HUTTON
23 Sept. 1597EDMUND BOWYER
 RICHARD HUTTON
12 Oct. 1601MATHEW DALE
 ZACHARIAH LOK

Main Article

Southwark, noted in this period for its playhouses and brothels, had a special relationship with the city of London, which appointed its steward and bailiff. In 1571 the instructions to hold the election were sent to Southwark by the common council of the city, and in 1584 the London recorder was present at the election. The right to vote at Southwark was vested in the inhabitants, 20 of whom signed the 1559 return, and 22 that of 1584. In 1593 the Southwark election was disputed in the House of Commons, George More suggesting (26 Feb.) that the return of Richard Hutton had been ‘indirectly made’. Three days later, the committee of privileges reported that Hutton, as bailiff, had returned himself. The Speaker was instructed by the House to request the lord keeper to send a new writ, but on 8 Mar. he reported that the lord keeper had decided that the return for Southwark should stand and accordingly Hutton was sworn in the following day, on a motion of the recorder of London. It was alleged during the debate that Charles Howard I, Lord Howard of Effingham, the lord admiral, ‘had written for the place and they denied