SMARTE, William (c.1530-99), of Ipswich, Suff.

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. c.1530, 1st s. of Richard Smarte of Ipswich by Alice, da. of Robert Daundy of Ipswich. m. Alice, ?s.p. suc. fa. 1560.

Offices Held

Treasurer, Ipswich 1560, coroner 1562, coroner and claviger 1565, one of council of twelve 1567, portman by 1565, justice 1570, bailiff 1569-70, 1575-6.


Smarte was a member of the corporation of Ipswich for almost 40 years, his bequests to drapers’ and tailors’ halls in the borough suggesting that he may have beeen connected with the cloth trade. He owned considerable land in Suffolk and Essex, and the Ipswich treasurers’ accounts for 1594-5 record a purchase of rye from him to be

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