MEREHAM (MERKHAM), John, of Reading, Berks.

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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m. by 1398, Maud,1 ?1s. d.v.p.

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A shoemaker, Mereham lived in Reading, being a parishioner of St. Laurence’s church, to the fabric of which he gave 13s. in 1410 and 6s.8d. in 1440. He witnessed deeds in the town on occasion. Though he held no municipal office, he was present at the parliamentary election of 1427; and in 1432 was among the burgesses chosen to treat with the abbot of Reading regarding disputes between town and abbey. He went surety for two burgesses entering the merchant guild, respectively in 1433 and 1435, and in 1442 contributed 16d. to the repair of the guildhall.2

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: Charles Kightly


He has been distinguished from John Mereham, junior, probably his son, who attended the elections of 1426, 1429 and 1433, was constable in 1425-6, and died in 1433/4: C219/13/4, 14/1, 4; Reading Pub. Lib. cofferers’ acct. 1425-6; C. Kerry, Hist. St. Laurence, 185.

  • 1. CAD, i. A162.
  • 2. Kerry, 22, 185; CAD, i. A565; Reading Pub. Lib. deeds, 110, 112; C219/13/5; Reading Recs. ed. Guilding, i. 1, 3, 5; cofferers’ acct. 1442-3.