PURY, Nicholas, of Fordington and Dorchester, 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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Family and Education

m. by 1410, Agnes.

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By 1406 Pury owned a house in West Street, Dorchester, and in 1410 he acquired, from Henry Cravell*, a corner of a toft in South Street. In the following year he was again associated with Cravell, this time in disputing with another local man possession of a tenement and vacant plot in the same town. Whether he held property in Melcombe Regis is not known, but he was described as ‘of Fordington’ in the year of his return to Parliament for the borough. At an inquiry into cases of customs evasion held in November 1421 the bailiff of Wyke, Weymouth and Portland, John Roger I*, claimed that in 1417-18 Pury had loaded a ship at Portland with a sack containing 56 lbs. of wool, intending to smuggle it overseas. Such other evidence as survives concerns only his involvement in conveyances of more property in Dorchester: in 1424 he was party to a grant to Robert Mose* of a house in South Street, and in 1428 he sold his own holdings in West Street.1

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: L. S. Woodger


  • 1. Recs. Dorchester ed. Mayo, 165, 186, 191, 255, 262; CIMisc. vii. 608. It was perhaps the same Nicholas Pury who, much later, in 1449, provided assurances for the appearance in Parliament of the Dorchester representatives, Walter Wothe and John Mille (C219/15/6).