GOULD, James I (1593-1676), of Dorchester, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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1661 - Feb. 1676

Family and Education

bap. 21 July 1593, 2nd s. of John Gould (d.1630) of Dorchester by Joan, da. of John Benvenewe of Abbotsbury, wid. of John Roy of Weymouth. m. 28 Apr. 1624 (with £500) Margery, da. of George Savage of Bloxworth, 6s. 2da.1

Offices Held

Mayor, Dorchester 1637-8, senior alderman 1661-d.; commr. for assessment, Dorset 1652, 1661-9, sheriff 1655-6, commr. for recusants 1675.2


Gould’s father, the younger son of a Devonshire county family, became a merchant in Dorchester, and Gould inherited the business. A prominent opponent of ship-money, in the Civil War and Interregnum he took a more cautious line than most of his kinsmen or fellow-tradesmen. He advanced £300 to Parliament in 1643, but claimed to have been ousted from the administration of a charitable trust ‘fo