CRESWELL, John, of Leominster, Herefs.
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Bailiff, Leominster 1590, dep. bailiff 1605, dep. recorder 1601.
This Member may or may not have been the John ‘Caswell’ who was fined £5 in 1571 for selling wines at excessive prices. In 1572 8s. was paid to Richard Warnecombe ‘at Mr. Craswell’s ... when he came home from the Parliament’. An entry in the Privy Council register records that instructions were sent to the council in the marches in May 1580 to recover from Creswell £150 owed to the Queen. He became deputy recorder soon after Sir Thomas Coningsby succeeded the Earl of Essex in the stewardship of Leominster, and was one of the two local officials who informed Sir Robert Cecil that his candidate Herbert Croft had been rejected as steward. During his one Parliament Creswell sat on a committee on 12 Dec. to discuss the building of a new bridge over the Wye at Ross, and was probably the ‘Mr. Caswell’ who was appointed to a committee concerning the excessive making of malt on 12 Jan. 1598. The last reference found to Creswell is for 1608/9.
G. F. Townsend, Leominster, 78, 280, 294; APC, xii. 22; HMC Hatfield, xi. 114; H. Townsend, Hist. Colls. 115; D’Ewes, 578; L. R. 2/217/ f. 108 seq.