YERWORTH, John (d.1587), of Chester.

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. Elizabeth, da. of Hugh Massey of Denfield, Cheshire by Jane, da. of Sir Thomas Smith of Chester, 1s.

Offices Held

Clerk of the pentice (town clerk), Chester sometime between 1553 and 1562, freeman 1556, sheriff 1558-9, jt. baron of Chester exchequer 1563, auditor 1568; receiver-gen. of Cheshire and Chester by April 1558-c.1562.


Possibly originating from Monmouthshire, and perhaps having had some legal training, Yerworth was an active official of Chester and a leading local personality. His marriage into a country family must have increased his standing but he sat in Parliament only once and left no trace upon the records. He was given a good report by his bishop in 1564, sent to talk to the lord admiral about Chester’s priveleges on 16 June 1584 and died 29 Apr. 1587.

Vis. Cheshire (Harl. Soc. lix), 171; R. H. Morris, Chester in the Plantagenet and Tudor Reigns, 204-5, 583; Lancs. and Cheshire Rec. Soc. li. 32; APC, vi. 308; Ormerod, Chester, i. 83; Genealogist, n.s. xiii. 91; Chester RO ass. bk. 1, ff. 119, 120, 180, 186v, 191; CPR, 1558-60, p. 112; 1560-3, p. 311; Cam. Misc.ix(3), p. 74; Rylands Eng. ms 311; Cheshire Sheaf, ii. 185.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge