HASELMERE, Thomas, of Shaftesbury, Dorset.
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Mayor, Shaftesbury Mich. 1414-15.1
Tax collector, Dorset Sept. 1431, May 1437.
Thomas was a descendant of John Haselmere, mayor of Shaftesbury in 1331-2 and 1351-2, and a kinsman of another John who in 1402 was living in Bleke Street.2 He himself held pasture land in St. James’s parish, and in 1426 he acquired a house in the parish of St. Lawrence from Walter Swift, second cousin to Robert Fovent*, only to sell it again two years later.3 His only known election as mayor of Shaftesbury occurred early in his career, within a few months of his having represented the borough in the Leicester Parliament of 1414. From then on until October 1444 he often appeared as a witness to conveyances of property in the town.4