INGRAM, Thomas, of Shere, Surr.
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Tax collector, Surr. June 1410, Aug. 1430.
Ingram is first mentioned in April 1403, when Philip Amersham, a Guildford man, was pardoned for accidentally killing one of his servants. Five years later, he acquired, just possibly as a trustee, two messuages and a substantial amount of land in Sende and Woking, Surrey; and he is definitely known to have owned property adjacent to the abbot of Chertsey’s estates in East Clandon in the same county. The bulk of his holdings lay immediately to the south in Shere, where he seems to have spent the later part of his life: in May 1434, described as ‘of Shere’, he was one of the Surrey gentry required to take the general oath (prescribed by Parliament) not to maintain breakers of the King’s peace; and in February 1436, again as a resident of the manor, he witnessed a local deed.1
Ingram evidently possessed considerable influence as a landowner. In June 1416 he stood surety at the Exchequer for William Balne, the farmer of the wool subsidy in Surrey and Sussex; and in the following year he was present at Guildford for the election of the shire knights to Parliament.2