COLET, Humphrey (by 1517-58), of Southwark, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Oct. 1553

Family and Education

b. by 1517. m. by Sept. 1538, Joan (d.1576/79), da. of Thomas Hunt of Wallington, 8s. 5da.2

Offices Held

Commr. sewers, Kent, Surr. 1553-4.3


A nephew of Thomas Bulla, Humphrey Colet came from a family long established in London and Southwark. Like his uncle he was a bowyer and he lived in Chequer Alley, Southwark, where he was regularly assessed for the subsidies of the period on goods worth £80. As the wealthiest tradesman in the borough he was an obvious choice as one of its Members. Nothing is known about his part in the House.4

Colet’s funeral took place at St. Saviour’s on 28 Oct. 1558. On the previous 4 Oct. he had made a will directing that he should ‘be buried in the new churchyard beside my uncle Thomas Bulla if I die in Southwark’ and leaving 20s. ‘towards the maintenance of God’s service’. Each unmarried child living at Colet’s death was left £100, and his widow was given two separate annuities each of £20, secured on his lands, and the right to live in his principal house, the George, until she remarried. Legacies were also given to several of Colet’s brothers and sisters, and he hoped that his children would be ‘brought up in learning’.5

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: D. F. Coros


  • 1. Bodl. e Museo 17.
  • 2. Date of birth estimated from C.E. and H.H. Collett, Fam. Collett, ‘Collett of Southwark and London’ ped., 4, 27, 27a; PCC 16 Welles, 54 Pykman, 1 Stonard.
  • 3. CPR, 1553-4, p. 35; 1554-5, p. 107.
  • 4. Hist. Antiqs. Surr. i. 186; Collett, 1; PCC 16 Welles; E179/185/223, 230, 232, 257, 266; Greater London RO, P92/SAV/1383.
  • 5. Greater London RO, P92/SAV/356; PCC 16 Welles.