Stamford

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 Jan. 1559WILLIAM COOKE I
 JOHN HOUGHTON
1562/3THOMAS CECIL
 FRANCIS THORNEFF
1571THOMAS CECIL
 MICHAEL LEWIS
5 May 1572THOMAS CECIL
 FRANCIS HARINGTON
1584ROBERT WINGFIELD II 1
 GEORGE LYNNE 2
1586WILLIAM CECIL
 ROBERT WINGFIELD II
1588/9WILLIAM CECIL
 ROBERT WINGFIELD II
1593ROBERT WINGFIELD II
 RICHARD SHUTE
30 Sept. 1597ROBERT WINGFIELD II
 THOMAS BALGEY
5 Oct. 1601ROBERT WINGFIELD II
 EDWARD WATSON

Main Article

The market town of Stamford, incorporated in 1462, was governed by an alderman and 12 comburgesses, assisted by 12 capital burgesses. Election procedure in the Elizabethan period remains obscure, but two of the four surviving returns contain the names of the alderman and of more than a score of burgesses—perhaps the members of the council. Only one name, that of Francis Harington in 1572, appears to have been inserted in a different hand. The surviving returns are those concerning 1559, 1572, 1597 and 1601 Parliaments.

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