MORLEY, John I (d.1587), of Halnaker, Suss. and St. Botolph-without-Aldersgate, 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

m. Elizabeth, da. of Edward Wotton, MD, 3s. inc. John II 3da.1

Offices Held

?An official in the Star Chamber from 7 July 1565; jt. surveyor of customs on cloth and wines by 1568; engrosser of the great roll and clerk of the pipe July 1579.2


Morley, of ‘Saxham’, Suffolk, who purchased lands at Halnaker, Sussex, was an Exchequer official turned country gentleman. He evidently had some connexion with the Earl of Leicester, who in 1585 described him as ‘my friend’ when petitioning Burghley on his behalf, but his return to Parliament for Wycombe in 1584 was presumably due to the dean of Windsor. Morley had property in Old Windsor, but either Leicester or Burghley may have acted as an intermediary on his behalf. Burghley, to whom he must have been known through his work in the Exchequer, was presumably responsible for his return for St. Ives. Morley was recorded as serving on one committee in each of his two Parliamen