BARNHAM, Benedict (1559-98), of London.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. 1559, 3rd s. of Francis Barnham, draper, alderman and sheriff of London by Alice, da. of William Bradbridge of Chichester, Suss., wid. of one Marnay; bro. of Stephen. educ. St. Alban Hall, Oxf. by 1572. m. Dorothy, da. of Humphrey or Ambrose Smith, ?of Leics., 4da.3

Offices Held

Alderman, London 1591, sheriff 1591-2, master, Drapers’ Co. 1592-3, 1596-7; collector of the loan 1598.


Barnham belonged to a well-known family of London drapers. He inherited a third of his father’s movable property, and lands in Essex, Surrey and Wales. He became free of the Drapers’ Company by patrimony in 1580. For the 1589 subsidy he was ass