WASTFIELD, Edward (by 1523-71 or later), of Draycot Cerne, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Nov. 1554

Family and Education

b. by 1523.1

Offices Held

Petty collector of subsidy, hundred of Chippenham in 1549-50, 1552.2


In May 1544 Edward Wastfield joined a hunting party led by Robert Long whose members were subsequently sued in the Star Chamber for trespass in the park of Castle Combe, Wiltshire. He acted as collector when Sir Henry Long, Robert’s father, was a commissioner for the subsidy, was described in 1550 as a yeoman of Draycot Cerne, where the Longs had their residence, and witnessed Sir Henry Long’s will on 4 Oct. 1556. It was to this family that he evidently owed his return for Calne. Nothing is known of his role in Parliament save that he was neither a ‘seceder’ from the Parliament of November 1554 nor one of those listed as having opposed a government bill in its successor. His end is equally obscure; all that has been discovered about him after 1558 is that on 19 May 1561 he received a crown lease for 21 years of lands in Langley, and that ten years later, presumably while he was still alive, the reversion of this lease was granted to the 9th Lord Scrope.3

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: T. F.T. Baker


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from first reference.
  • 2. E179/198/256a, 265, 267.
  • 3. St. Ch.2/30/149; E179/198/256a; PCC 17 Ketchyn; CPR, 1569-72, p. 310.