Steyning

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
1 Feb. 1559EDMUND WRIGHT 1
 ROBERT KEILWAY 2
1562/3RICHARD ONSLOW
 ROBERT HARRIS I
1571RICHARD BROWNE I
 JOHN FARNHAM
1572JOHN COWPER
 RICHARD PELLATT
1 Nov. 1584THOMAS SHIRLEY II
 PEXALL BROCAS
1586THOMAS BISHOP
 HENRY SHELLEY
10 Oct. 1588THOMAS CROMPTON II
 HENRY APSLEY
1593SIR WALTER WALLER
 THOMAS SHIRLEY II
15 Sept. 1597JOHN SHURLEY II
 THOMAS SHIRLEY III
1601(SIR) THOMAS SHIRLEY I
 ROBERT BOWYER II

Main Article

The borough of Steyning formed part of the honour of Petworth, of which the 12th Earl of Arundel was steward, and elections necessarily came under Howard influence in the early part of the reign. Election returns were made by the constable and burgesses.

Howard nominees were returned to the first three Parliaments. Edmund Wright’s return survives, dated 1 Feb. 1559, later than any other for this Parliament. This may indicate a by-electio