TOWNSEND, John (d. aft.1622), of Warwick.

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

Dates

Family and Education

Yst. s. of Richard Townsend of Warwick by his w. Christian.

Offices Held

Bailiff, Warwick 1589-90, 1603-4, 1621-2.

Biography

Townsend was already a prominent Warwick burgess in 1588, when he signed a letter sent by the town to the Earl of Warwick, promising to elect Thomas Dudley to the next Parliament. His father died soon after this, bequeathing him the house in which he was living and a barn in Brittayne Lane. Though Townsend’s name does not appear in the journals of the House of Commons, as one of the burgesses for Warwick in 1597 he could have attended committees concerned with a hospital or almshouse there (18 Nov.), the possessions of the bishop of Norwich (30 Nov.) and maltsters (12 Jan. 1598). By the time of his last election to Parliament