FORSHEY, Andrew, of Bridport, Dorset.

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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Nov. 1414

Family and Education

m. by 1411, Florence,1 ?1s.

Offices Held

Constable, Bridport Mich. 1398-9, 1402-3, 1411-12; bailiff 1400-1, 1405-6, 1408-9, 1413-14.2


A member of a Bridport family,3 Andrew is first heard of at Easter 1392 when Robert Forshey awarded him rights of reversion in property in ‘Forstereshey’, ‘Hermenneshey’ and ‘La Rode’, Dorset. (In 1399 the tenants made a quitclaim of the same for £20.) He later owned a house in South Street, Bridport, and land nearby in Symondsbury. Forshey, who manufactured cloth (though apparently only on a small scale), served as bailiff of Bridport for four terms, during the last of these, in February 1414, attending the county court at Dorchester in order to inform the sheriff of the results of the local parliamentary elections. He was himself returned to Parliament shortly after the end of the official year.4

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: L. S. Woodger


Variants: Forsey, Forstereshey.

  • 1. Dorset Feet of Fines, 243.
  • 2. Dorset RO, B3/M11, ff. 21, 22, 32, 37, 49, 56, 79, 84.
  • 3. HMC 6th Rep. 476; C146/646.
  • 4. Dorset Feet of Fines, 215, 232, 243; Dorset RO, B3/D2, f. 92; E101/343/29; C219/11/3.