HUTCHENS, Giles (bef.1556-1624), of Salisbury, Wilts.

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. bef 1556, ?s. of Thomas Hutchens of Salisbury. m. twice.

Offices Held

Acting town clerk, Salisbury 1591-2, mayor 1592-3, alderman by 1593, steward of hospital of St. Nicholas by 1593.


The first reference to Hutchens is his assessment for the 1576 subsidy at £6 as of the Mead Ward of Salisbury. He served as vestryman and churchwarden of St. Thomas’s parish, presenting the accounts in 1587 and acting as an auditor in 1601. In 1591 and 1592 he acted as town clerk after Robert Boston had been dismissed. Hutchens took an active part in the corporation’s dispute with the bishop over the city’s liberties, and signed the letter of complaint to Burghley. In 1593 and 1595 he visited London in defence of Salisbury’s rights. In 1597, when a quo warranto was brought against the city, he again travelled to London in order to lobby the attorney-general. In 1606 he was one of those appointed to confer with the dean and chapter preparatory to securing a new charter.

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