GODWYN, Richard (d.1601), of Wells, Som.

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

1st s. of William Godwyn of Wells by his w. Christine Bruges of Batcombe. educ. ?Oxf. BA 1565; M. Temple 1568, called 1576. m. Margaret, da. of Robert May of Hinton Charterhouse. suc. fa. by 1568.

Offices Held

Freeman, Wells 1590, recorder from 1591.


After an unsuccessful attempt, in 1572, Godwyn was returned to Parliament in 1593 along with his cousin James Godwyn, but was licensed to depart on 14 Mar. ‘for his better recovery of health’. He was not elected in 1597, though still recorder, and though both MPs were townsmen. He died before the next election, James Kirton succeeding him as recorder on 7 Aug. 1601.

Vis. Som. (Harl. Soc. xi), 25; Wells act bk. 1553-1623, f. 253; D’Ewes, 501; Wells Charters (Som. Rec. Soc. xlvi), 190.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: W.J.J.