TYSAR, John (by 1516-75), of Sandwich, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Nov. 1554

Family and Education

b. by 1516. m. Margaret, sis. of John Sulyard, at least 2s. 2da.

Offices Held

Constable of the 7th ward, Sandwich 1540-2, member of the common council (St. Peter’s parish) 1542-7, (St. Clement’s parish) 1547-8, (unknown parish) 1548-9, treasurer 1542-3, jurat 1549-75, mayor 1553-4, 1567-8, bailiff to Yarmouth 1556-7; brodhull rep. 13 times 1549-75; gov Sir Roger Manwood’s sch., Sandwich 1563; speaker of the brotherhood 1568.


Tysar, like others of his family, was a grocer trading with the Continent. He was a canopy-bearer at Elizabeth’s coronation, and represented Sandwich in her first Parliament. In August 1559 he was chosen to go to the court of Shepway for the installation of the new warden of the Cinque Ports, and during the following two years he went up to London several times over the matter of the harbour.

Tysar died between making his will 15 Apr. 1575 and December the same year, when his name was omitted from the list of jurats. On 6 Mar. 1579 the Privy Council ordered William Cromer and others to inquire into the allegations of Tysar’s widow, who was ‘charged with many children’, that she was being cheated over the payment of an £18 annuity. She had been appointed sole executrix of her husband’s will, which left £20 or £30 legacies to each of the four children. She herself received her husband’s shop and half his effects: the will also mentions a claim for compensation for loss of goods against the inhabitants of Newport. Flanders.

Vis. Kent (Harl. Soc. liv), 129; (lxxv), 59, 88; Sandwich old and new red bks., little black bk.; Cinque Ports white and black bks. passim; A. Hussey, Kent Chantries (Kent Arch. Soc. rec. br. xii), 260; Coke, Institutes, iv. 20; W. Boys, Hist. Sandwich, i. 414; CPR, 1560-3, p. 613; E122/131/8; PCC 45 Tirwhite; APC, xi. 64.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge