SOMERY, John, of Worcester.
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By 1369 Somery was in possession of property in the High Street, Worcester, but nothing more is recorded of him before April 1377, when he purchased a royal pardon (for reasons unknown). At the city elections of October 1383 he found mainprise for the appearance in Parliament of the two representatives. Apparently, he lent his active support to the Lords Appellant when they took up arms in the winter of 1387-8, and following the condemnation for treason of Sir John Beauchamp† of Holt in the Merciless Parliament he secured from their government a lease at the Exchequer of a garden near the Foregate, Worcester, comprising part of the forfeited Beauchamp estates. He accounted for the issues from May 1388 to April the following year, in the course of which period he was elected to the second Parliament of 1388, which met at Cambridge. Described as a saddler, in October 1398 he secured another pardon, doubtless being mindful of his earlier adherence to the King’s enemies, who had now themselves been judged for treason.
Worcester Chs. (Worcs. Hist. Soc. 1909), 167; C67/28B m. 9, 31 m. 12; C219/8/9; E364/24 m. F.