WAGSTAFFE, John (1618-97), Ladybellegate House, Longsmith Street, Gloucester.
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Family and Education
bap. 12 Mar. 1618, 1st s. of Edward Wagstaffe, brewer, of Gloucester by w. Katherine. m. at least 1s. suc. fa. 1655.1
Common councilman, Gloucester 1662, alderman 1663-89, commr. for assessment 1663-80, mayor 1669-70, 1678-9, coroner 1672-3; j.p. Glos. 1680-?89; commr. for inquiry into recusancy fines, Glos., Herefs. and Worcs. 1687.2
Wagstaffe was apprenticed in 1631 to his father, a wealthy brewer who was prominent in municipal affairs. His sympathies may have been royalist, in opposition to those of his father and the majority of the citizens; in 1645 he was goaled for ‘his misdemeanours and ill carriage towards his father’, and it was later claimed that he had been in arms for the King. Certainly his appointment to the common council by the commissioners of corporations, without qualifying by service as bailiff or sheriff, would indicate strong support for the Restoration. He was one of the aldermen ordered to search certain houses in 1664 for seditious books and papers, and on 21 May