STUBBS, William (d. aft.1610), of Latton, Essex; later of Congleton, Cheshire.
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Bailiff, Congleton manor 1574-99; mayor, Congleton 1595-6; bailiff of the south parts of the duchy of Lancaster 1588-99, of the Savoy 1588-91.
Stubbs spent the greater part of his life in the service of the duchy of Lancaster. In 1587 he was employed surveying manors in Wiltshire for the then chancellor, Sir Francis Walsingham, and he was one of those employed to search, successfully, for Walsingham’s will in 1590. Between 1590 and 1596 he moved from Latton to Congleton, where he was the duchy of Lancaster’s bailiff, and he continued to reside there after resigning that office to Bartholomew Stubbs in 1599. He presented to the nearby parish of Gawsworth in 1596 and the last reference found to him shows him still residing at Congleton in March 1610. Stubbs’s surname appears frequently in the parish registers of Gawsworth, and it is therefore likely that he originated from this part of Cheshire. His return as one of the first two MPs for Yarmouth in 1584 was no doubt due to Sir George Carey, captain of the Isle of Wight, at whose request the borough was enfranchised, but what the connexion was between them is unknown.
Somerville, Duchy, i. 448; Harl. 844, f. 28; Earwaker, East Cheshire, ii. 589, 593; CSP Dom. 1581-90, p. 428; Wills from Doctors’ Commons (Cam. Soc. lxxxiii), 71.