GERARD, Gilbert, of Chester.

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

1st s. of William Gerard I by Dorothy, da. of Andrew Barton of Smithills, Lancs. educ. ?sp. adm. G. Inn 1575, ancient 1609. m. Ellen, da. of William Pearson of Chester. suc. fa. 1581.

Offices Held

Customer, Chester ?by 1593.


There has been much confusion about Gerard’s origins. He is variously stated to have been the son of Sir Gilbert Gerard, master of the rolls, of Thomas Gerard I, 1st Baron Gerard of Gerrard’s Bromley, and of William Gerard III of Harrow, clerk of the council of the duchy of Lancaster. There is no doubt, however, that the customer was the 1593 MP and that he inherited from his father a licence or licences for the transportation of yarn, to be ‘circumspectly considered and carefully used’ by him. His father had based his will upon the expected profits of the licences, but their continuation after his death was not certain. He therefore craved the help of