GRAVES, Hugh (1516-88), of York.

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

b. 1516, 3rd s. of Robert Graves of Cleckheaton by his w. Effame. m. (1) Helen (d.1561); (2) Elizabeth Robinson, wid., 5s.

Offices Held

Freeman, York c.1540, chamberlain 1554-5, sheriff 1559-60, alderman 1570, ld. mayor 1578-9.


Graves was a weaver who acquired leases of some former chantry property in the county. His property in York was at St. Saviour’s gate, Markgate and Castlegate. In 1576 he was unsuccessful in a contested election for the mayoralty. When he achieved the office two years later, his means were insufficient and the city council awarded him a grant of £30. He died 20 Nov. 1588 and was buried at All Saints Pavement. His will was made 16 June 1584 and proved 2 July 1589.

Corpus Christi Reg. (Surtees Soc. lvii), 234; York City Lib. Skaife mss; York Freemen (Surtees Soc. xcvi), 259, 274, 279; (cii), 19; York Civic Recs. passim; York wills 24, f. 58.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: M.N.