CULME (COLYN, CULINE), John (by 1485-1512/26), of Barnstaple, Devon.

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

b. by 1485, s. of John Culme of Barnstaple and Winkleigh by Avys. m. at least 1s.2

Offices Held


John Culme’s kinsmen at Barnstaple included his father, who sat for the borough in 1478, and Hugh Culme, escheator of Devon in 1505 and perhaps the lessor of property in the Castlehay in 1526. Of Culme himself nothing has come to light save his Membership of the Parliament of 1512, which is known from the entry in the account of the town’s receiver for 1511-12 of a payment to him of 6s.8d. as ‘one of the burgesses of the Parliament’; this was presumably a token contribution towards his expenses during the first session. It is probable that, like his fellow-Member John Goddisland, he was re-elected to the Parliament of 1515 in compliance with the King’s request for the return of the previous Members, but nothing else is known or can be inferred about him save that he was dead by 27 Apr. 1526, when George Rolle acquired the wardship of his grandson and namesake who was himself to die in 1545.3

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: A. D.K. Hawkyard


  • 1. N. Devon Athenaeum, Barnstaple, 3972, f. 23.
  • 2. His mother had re-married by 1485, HP, ed. Wedgwood 1439-1509 (Biogs.), 243-4; Vis. Devon (Harl. Soc. vi), 75; N. Devon Athenaeum, D. Drake ms ‘MPs Barnstaple’ 20.
  • 3. LP Hen. VIII, iv; N. Devon Athenaeum, 512, 514, 3972; D. Drake ms.