BUFFKYN, Lewen (d.1617), of Gore Court, Otham, Kent.

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

2nd but e. surv. s. of Ralph Buffkyn of Gore Court by his w. Alys. educ. G. Inn 1555. m. (1) Mary, da. of Christopher Roper of Lynsted, Kent, 3da.; (2) Anne, da. of Sir John Guldeforde, of Hempstead, Kent, 2s. 2da.; ?(3) Sibill.1

Offices Held


Buffkyn’s father, a resident of Dover in 1542, bought Gore Court in Otham parish, near Maidstone, in Edward VI’s reign. Buffkyn himself became the owner of a considerable amount of property in Kent, much of it in the Maidstone district, and by 1584 had acquired the lease of Maidstone parsonage, held of the archbishop of Canterbury. He also farmed various tithes for the archbishop. In 1595 he was among those requested in the will of a Maidstone merchant to supervise the administration by the mayor and jurats of a large charitable bequest to the poor of the town. It was clearly as a local man that he was returned to Parliament in 1593, together with his relation by marriage