BURTON, William II, of Nottingham.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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Family and Education

m. by 1437, Joan,1 1s.

Offices Held

Bailiff, Nottingham Mich. 1411-12.2


Burton traded as an ironmonger. As a bailiff of Nottingham, on 21 Oct. 1411, he sealed the borough parliamentary election indenture. In September 1413 and again a year later he was distrained for jury service, although not empanelled, at the inquiries before the royal commissioners into riots in the town and other crimes committed there.3

By then Burton had struck up a friendship with Hugh Willoughby† of Wollaton, for whom he attested a conveyance in January 1414. Shortly after, he enfeoffed Willoughby of his property in Lorimers Street, Nottingham; and in 1419 they purchased together a tenement on High Pavement, of which, now as ‘of Lowdham’, Burton still had possession in 1435. At an uknown date between 1417 and 1424 Burton, Willoughby and Simon Leek*, esquire alleged in Chancery that they had been forcibly disseised of lands at Gelding by William Jorce of Stoke Bardolf and our Member’s namesake William Burton of Burton Joyce. Another acquaintance of note was William Babington of Chilwell, c.j.c.p., who acted as a feoffee of Burton’s from 1423 onwards.4 In 1421 and 1423 Burton was accused at the assizes at Nottingham of disseising the chaplain of Amyas’s chantry, in St. Mary’s church, of annual rents of 56s. Two years later he again attended the borough elections, this time standing surety for John Alestre*. In May 1434 he was included among the Nottinghamshire gentry sworn not to maintain breakers of the peace.5

Burton died before April 1447, when his son Richard conveyed to trustees, including Sir William Plumpton†, rents from buildings on Hollow Stone, Nottingham (acquired by William 30 years earlier), and received from Sir Hugh Willoughby 40 marks for property in Nottingham, Lenton, Radford and Bradmore recently made over to Willoughby’s use.6

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: L. S. Woodger


Variants: Birton, Byrton.

  • 1. Nottingham Archs. ct. roll 1329 m. 3.
  • 2. C219/10/6; Nottingham Univ. Lib. Middleton ms, D788 (not listed in Nottingham Recs. ed. Stevenson, ii. 1427).
  • 3. KB9/204/2 m. 21; C145/292/25.
  • 4. Middleton mss, D789, 792; Nottingham Archs. ct. roll 1313 m. 9d; C1/4/169, 5/198; Nottingham Recs. ii. 403, 405; CCR, 1429-35, p. 358.
  • 5. JUST 1/1524 m. 10d, 1537 m. 17; C219/13/3; CPR, 1429-36, p. 409.
  • 6. Middleton mss, D791, 794, 795.