BUDDEN, John (d.1615), of Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

m. (2) 1594, Alice, wid. of Richard Laninge, at least 1s. 1da.

Offices Held

Feodary, Dorset, Som. 1592; seneschal of some duchy of Lancaster manors in Dorset 1598; recorder, Shaftesbury from 1604.


Budden was presumably a lawyer, although his name is not in the published registers of the inns of court. As feodary, he sent confidential information about lucrative wardships to Robert Cecil, whose follower he was, or became. In 1596 he acquainted Cecil with a matter ‘of very good value’ and thanked him for ‘favour with regard to Turbervile’s ward’, presumably the wardship of Frances Turbervile. In 1597 he unsuccessfully offered Cecil 2,000 marks for the vacant clerkship of the warrants, worth about £200 p.a. Budden’s responsibilities as feodary would also have brought him to the notice of the and Earl of Pembroke, lord of the borough of Shaftesbury, and this no doubt contributed to Budden’s return for the borough in 1601, despite the fact that Pembroke died in the January before the election. There was another connexion, for Budden’s daughter married the grandson of Robert Grove, a servant of the 1st Earl of Pembroke. Budden became the town’s first recorder, and again represented it in the next reign. He died in 1615.

Roberts thesis; CSP Dom. 1591-4, p. 197; PRO Duchy of Lancaster index to patents, f. 17; C. H. Mayo, Shaftesbury Recs. 8, 43; Wards 9/348/126; HMC Hatfield, v. 217; vi. 218, 238; vii. 210; x. 85; xi. 3, 333, 415; Som. N. and Q. vi. 213-14, 255, 259, 344; CPR, 1563-6, p. 335; PCC 12 Rudd.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: P. W. Hasler