UPTON, George (1553-1609), of Warminster, Wilts.; later of Wells, Som.

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. 1553, s. of Geoffrey Upton, dep. receiver to bp. of Bath and Wells, of Trelaske, Cornw. and Warminster, Wilts. by Mary, da. and coh. of Thomas Horne of Ottery St. Mary, Devon. m. (1) Frances, da. and h. of John Newton of Harptree, Som.; (2) Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Bampfield of Hardington, Som.2

Offices Held

Freeman, Wells 1584.


In 1584, when he became a freeman of Wells prior to his first return to Parliament, Upton was described as a stranger. However, he soon acquired property in the city and took up residence. He held no office himself, and was a hanger-on of Thomas Godwyn the bishop’s son, through whom he presumably gained his