W. R. (William Retlaw) Williams.

The parliamentary history of the county of Worcester : including the city of Worcester, and the boroughs of Bewdly, Droitwich, Dudley, Evesham, Kidderminster, Bromsgrove and Pershore, from the earliest times to the present day, 1213-1897 ; with biographical and genealogical notices of the members online

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Parliamentary History


County of Worcester,







1213— 1897,





" The Parliamentary History of IVa/es," and " Herefordshire Members."












ALTHOUGH the Members for Worcestershire cannot be traced
further back than 1295, yet there is httle doubt that the County
enjoyed the privilege of returning Representatives, similarly to
other shires, from the year 12 15, though unfortunately the earlier
names have been hopelessly lost. The Lists of Members for the
last 600 years, based upon the Official Returns printed by order
of Parliament in 1878, will however be found to be more complete and
accurate than in that excellent work, inasmuch as Mr. Buncombe Pink
has again placed at the writer's disposal the benefit of his years of careful
research into contemporary Manuscripts and other sources, whereby the
names of several Members, omitted from the Official Returns, have been
supplied. Some difficulty has been experienced in attempting to
identify the Members for the first 250 years, by reason of the numerous
changes occasioned by Parliaments being held not only once a year,
but frequently twice, and sometimes even three times a year. After
that period Monarchs varied the routine by reigning for years without
summoning a Parliament at all.

Worcestershire returned no less than 16 Members in 1295, two
each for the Shire and City of Worcester, and the Boroughs of
Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Dudley, Evesham, Kidderminster, and Pershore.
With the exception of Droitwich, which survived till 131 1, all these
Boroughs parted with the privilege the same year as they first enjoyed
it, and probably if not at their own request, certainly much to their
delight, as the payment of the usual wages of the Members, two shillings
a day, was always regarded as an irksome tax upon the resources of
these smaller towns. It was not again till 1554 that Droitwich was
re-enfranchised, while Evesham regained the right in 1604, and Bewdley
was allowed one Member in 1605. In 1654 and 1656 Worcestershire
returned five Members, and the City of Worcester two. The first
Reform Act of 1832 divided the County into two Divisions, each
returning two Members, and taking one Member from Droitwich,
bestowed one each again upon Dudley and Kidderminster. The only

viii. Introduction.

change made by the Reform Act 1867 was to take one Member from
Eveshnm, and il remained for the third Reform Act of 1885 to make
the most sweeping changes, for not only did it deprive the City of
Worcester of one of its Members, but it also totally extinguished the
separate representation of Bewdley, Droitwich, and Evesham. On the
other hand it divided the County into five Divisions, each returning one
Member, and thus fixed the number of Worcestershire representatives
at eight, just half what it was in i 295.

Worcestershire has practically been represented for 600 years by
its own sons, and in most cases where seemingly some stranger has been
elected, he will be found to have been connected by marriage ties with
the County FamiHes. Among the ancient families may be mentioned
the Attwoocis, Beauchamps, Blounts, Bracys, Cokeseyes, Staffords.
Talbots, and Throckmortons, all of note in their day, and during the
last two or three centuries the political representation of the county has
chiefly been distributed among such well known names as Berkeley,
Bromley, Coventry, Foley, Harley, Lechmerc, Lygon, Lyttelton, Pytts,
Sandys, Ward, and Winnington.

Among the Worcestershire Members have been many eminent
men. Passing over the many who attained the honour of Knighthood,
by distinguished service to their Sovereign, in the numerous wars with
France or Scotland, and those who in later times were admitted among
the order of Baronets, several of its Members have attained the dignity
of the Peerage, by creation or succession, such as the Duke of
Manchester ; the Earls Beauchamp, Rellomont, Coventry, Iddesleigh,
Sefton, and Spencer ; the Viscounts Cobham, Conway, Dudley and
Ward, Hereford, Sherbrooke, and Windsor ; and the Barons Annaly,
Calthorpe, Campbell, Foley, Hampton, Herbert of Chirbury, Hindlip,
Kennedy, Lyttelton, Masham, Northwick, Sandys, Somers, Truro, and

Among the Members who have held high office were no less
than three [^ord Chancellors, Lord Somers, Lord Truro, and Lord
Campbell ; and four Chancellors of the Exchequer, Samuel Sandys,
William Dowdeswcll, the Earl of Iddesleigh, and Viscount Sherbrooke.
Sir John Bourne, Viscount Conway, the Earl of Dudley, and Lord

Introduction. ix.

Hampton were Secretaries of State. Thomas Winnington was Paymaster
General, and Sir John Rushout Treasurer of the Navy. Robert Bowyer
was Clerk of the House of Lords, and Sir Denis le Marchant Clerk of
the House of Commons, while Samuel Pytts, Edwyn Sandys, Sir
Edward Winnington, C. W. Boughton-Rouse, Sir F. W. Knight, G. C. L.
Berkeley, nnd Lord Annaly held minor Ministerial ofifices. The Earl
of Bellomont and Lord Westcote occupied the positions of Governors
in America, while Sir Charles Cockerell was Postmaster General of
India, and Sir Richard Temple Governor of Bombay. Sir Ralph
Clare, Endymion Porter, Sir Henry Herbert, Crew Offley, Lord George
Bentinck, Lord Masham, Henry Seymour, the Duke of Manchester,
Earl Spencer, Earl Beauchamp, and the Earl of Coventry have all been
Courtiers. Lord Marcus Hill was for years a Ministerial "Whip."

Of Judges of the Superior Courts there were Sir Robert
Berkeley, Sir Thomas Coventry, Serjeant Cresheld, John Wylde,
Nicholas Lechmere, Sir Robert Atkins, Sir William Morton, Sir Thomas
Street, and Sir Richard Amphlett, while E. Winnington Jeffreys was a
Welsh Judge. Sir Francis Winnington was Solicitor General, and
^neas Mclntyre became a County Court Judge. Thomas Vernon was
the celebrated Law Reporter. Francis Winnington and Alfred Bristow
were Solicitors to the Admiralty.

Of Ambassadors there were Sir Thomas Edmondes, Henry
Coventry, Sir James Rushout, and William Finch. Of Soldiers,
Sir John Phelipp who fought at Agincourt, Sir Thomas Leighton,
Sir Charles Lyttelton, Viscount Windsor, Phineas Bowles, General
H. B. Lygon, Col. T. H. H. Davies one of the Waterloo heroes, and
Major .Anson who won the Victoria Cross in the Mutiny. Charles
Cornewall was a distinguished Admiral. H. Crabb Boulton, T. Bates
Rous, Samuel Smith, and Abraham Robarts were East India Directors,
and William Manning a Director of the Bank of England. John Porter
was an Alderman of London.

The stirring times of the Great Civil War brought in!:o
prominence the Worcestershire Royalists Sir John Hanmer, Anthony
Langston, Sir John Pakington, Sir William Russell, and Samuel Sandys ;
while sturdy men of the Commonwealth were Sir Robert Harley,

X. Introduction.

James Berry, John Bridges, William Collins, Edward Elvins, Samuel
Gardner, John James, Thomas Rainsborough (who met with a violent
death), and Richard Salwey.

Richard de Clebury was the King's Cook, while Sir John
Musard was the King's Valet. Sir Henry Spelman was the celebrated
Antiquary, while John Pakington is remembered for his spirited
controversy with the Bishop of Worcester. To other Members a more
melancholy interest attaches, for Sir John de Beauchamp was beheaded
on Tower Hill, and Sir Humphrey Stafford slain in Jack Cade's
rebellion. Sir Massey Lopes was sentenced to fine and imprisonment
for bribery. G W. Hastings was expelled the House. John Lyttelton
and Sir Henry Bromley were both concerned in Essex's rising, and the
latter was convicted of treason, and died in prison. Mr. Pickersgill-
Cunliffe died from the effects of a railway accident.

Of the defeated Candidates who never gained a Worcestershire
seat, the most noted were Edward Bearcroft, who became Chief Justice
of Chester ; Sir Edwin Chadwick, the Poor Law Reformer ; Sir J. W.
Huddleston, Baron of the Exchequer ; Sir Watkin Lewis and Sir
F. W. Truscott, both Lord Mayors of London ; Sir George Lyttelton,
Chancellor of the Exchequer ; Viscount Monck, Governor General of
Canada; and Sir John Willes, Lord Chief Justice of England.

Among the many authorities consulted, besides the usual
Peerages and similar works, due acknowledgement must be made of
such excellent local histories as Nash's ]Vorcestcrshin\ Price's ll'orcesfer,
and Burton's Bewdley and Kidderminster^ together with the Directory
of National Biographv, and Foster's Alumni Oxonienses ; while the
Patent Bolls, Close Bolls, and Calendars of State Papers have supplied
many interesting incidents. The politics of the Members during the
1 8th century are inserted through the courtesy of the Rev. A. B.
Beavan, M.A., who has also otherwise afforded much valuable

In conclusion the writer desires to express his sincere acknow-
ledgments to the Subscribers for their generous support of the work, and
to return his grateful thanks to the several ladies and gentlemen who

Introduction. xi.

have so courteously afforded him information concerning their families.
He also desires once more to place on record the invaluable assistance
rendered by Mr. VV. Duncombe Pink, who with unfailing courtesy has
at all times placed the results of his laborious researches at his disposal,
and has very kindly revised the greater portion of the work.


Talybont, Brecknock.
1st March, iSgy.




1213, 1226, 1254, 1261, 1265, 1275, Jan. 1283, Sept, 1283,
1290, and 1294. The returns to all these Parliaments have been
lost. Burgesses were first returned in 1265, but probably not to such
an extent as in 1295, which was the first full House of Commons.

1295. William le Seneschal.
Simon de Crumbe.

The former was M.P. co. Worcester 1295, ^297, 1298, and died
Dec. 1307. Pardon, at the instance of Edmund, the King's brother,
5 Nov. 1282, to William le Seneschal and others of their trespass in
holding the Castle of Certel against the said Edmund. He and others
received a commission to assess co. Wore, 1 2 Nov. 1294, and (as Sir Wm.
le Seneschal, Knt.) 4 Dec. 1295. He and Alex, de Fryvill (see 1340) were
app. 16 Sept. 1297, to select and retain in the King's service at the
King's wages, Knights and Yeomen of co. Wore, at their discretion, to
be at London with their horses and arms by a fortnight after
Michaelmas. The same two were app. 24 Dec. 1307, to be Keepers of
the Peace for co. Wore, during the King's absence beyond seas. On
28 Nov. 1307, JVm. le Seneschal and Edmund de Grafton Csee 131 1)
were app. to assess and collect the twentieth and fifteenth granted to the
King by the Parliament holden at Northampton in the ist year of his
reign ; but on 6 Jan. 1308, Robert de Bracy (see 1301), and Osbert de
Apetoft were similarly app. in the place of Wm. le Seneschal, deceased,
and Edmund de Grafton otherwise employed. (Patent Rolls).

Sir Simon de Crombe, Knt., was M.P. 1295, 1300, 1301, and
witnessed in 1320 the Charter of a Chantry given to Ripple by John
Salemon. He held lands under the Bishop of Worcester in Tydelminton
and Edmundescote, and paid twenty shillings yearly to the Bishop out
of his manor of Crombe. He had many manorial rights which by form
of law were forfeited to Walter de Cantalupe, but in 1273 were restored

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to Simon by his paying to the Bishop twenty shilhngs yearly for their
redemption. He presented to Cromb Simon 8 id. May 1286, and
6 kal. April 131 7 (Nash's Worcestershire). On i Nov. 1301, he and
others were app. to assess co. Wore, and on 17 March 1308, were app.
Conservators of the Peace for co. Wore. (Patent Rolls).

1296. No returns found.
1267. William le Seneschal.
William de Fokerham.

William de Fokerham (quaere son of Sir Richard) was M.P.
1297, 1302, 1305, 1306, and held the Manor of Warley under Roger
de Somery, temp. Edw. I. The family continued till at least Edw. III.
Edmund de Grafton (see 131 1) and Wm. de Fokerham were app.
10 May 1300, Commissioners for co. Wore, to hear and determine
complaints of transgressions against Magna Charta ; and on 26 Aug.
1309, Wm. de Fokerham and others were app. for co. Wore, to assess
and levy the twenty-fifth upon all moveable goods for the war in Scotland.

1298. William le Seneschal.
Thomas de Bottelegh.

The latter was also M.P. co. Gloucester (as T. de Botiler) 1305.
On 10 April 1290, the King granted pardon to Thomas de Bottelegh.
late Verderer of Feckenham Forest, for a fine of 100 shillings.

1300, March. Rog^r de Bracy.

Simon de Crumbe.

1300. May. Return lost.

1 30 1. Robert de Bracy.
Simon de Crombe.

Robert de Bracy, of Warndon, was Sub-Sheriff of co. Wore.
1298; M.P. 1301, 1305; held two hides of land in Warmedon,
presented to Madersfeld 10 kal. June 131 1, and to Warmedon 14 kal.
June 1300, 17 kal. Jan. 1303, 12 kal. May 1313, and 17 kal. June 13 14,
and was made a Conservator of the Peace for co. Wore. 17 March
1308. The heiress of this line m. Thomas Lygon temp. Hen. V.
(see 1467). Robert de Bracy, Peter de Salso Marisco (see 1306),
Wm. de Salso Marisco, and Paulinus de Kaudif were witnesses 13 Oct.
1283, to the confirmation of a grant of the Manor of Knithwyk, co.
Wore, by the Prior of Great Malvern, to the Bishop of Worcester. He
and Edmund de Grafton (see 131 1) were app. Commrs. to assess and
collect the aid in co. Salop 30 July 1297. Commission of oyer and
terminer 24 Oct. 1298, to Wm. de Mortuo Mari and Robt. de Bracy,
touching the persons who entered the park and free-chace of Matilda,
late the wife of Philip Burnel, at Conde, Salop, hunted therein, and
carried away her swine of the forest. Commission of oyer and terminer
to Robert de Bracy and another, 15 July 1310, touching a breach of the

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park of Guy de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick, at Beleye co. Wore,
He also served on several other similar Commissions. (Patent Rolls).

1302. William Fokerham.

Adam de Elmerig, or Elmebrig.

Otherwise Elmerugge or Elmbridge. Probably of the same
family as Roger de Elmerugge, M.P., for co. Hereford, 13 18 (see
Williams' Parliamentary History of Herefordshire). Adam de Elmrig
held Elmerugge temp. Edw. I. and was descended from Ynardus de E.
who is mentioned in the Testa de Nevill as holding 4 parts of a Knight's
fee in Elmerugge. The family ended in 1507 with an heiress who m.
Sir John Dannet.

1305. Robert de Bracy.
William de Fukeram.

1306. William de Fukerham.
Peter de Salso Marisco.

The latter sat for co. Wore. 1306, 1307, and was either the same
or the father of the M.P. for Yorkshire 1330. He and others received
a commission, of oyer and terminer 16 April 1288 touching Henry de
Wintonia, who being charged with the death of Thomas de Blake of
Brockton was detained in this prison of Worcester and by inquisition of
the Sheriff of Worcester was found to have been so charged in hatred
and malice and was bound over to appear before the Justices at their
first assizes but has surrendered himself to prison to obtain swift justice.
He was one of those app. to raise the assessment in co. Wore. 12
Nov. 1294. (Patent Rolls). On 31 July 132 1 Sir Peter de Salso
Marisco acknowledged that he owed to John de EUerker the elder, 100
shillings ; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels
in CO. York, On 5 July 1322 he also acknowledged that he owed to
Thomas de Cobham, Knt., ;z£^ioo ; to be levied of his lands in co.
Norfolk. (Close Rolls ). These however may have applied to his son.

1307. January. Peter de Salso.

Walter Haket.

The writ returning Peter de Salso is endorsed with the words,
"Non venit quia infirmus." Walter Haket and his wife Isabella are
mentioned in the Patent Rolls for 1285 as complaining to the King
that they and others held Ekington manor at farm from William le
Poer who ejected them therefrom without due cause, for which they
sought redress. On 5 June 1309 the King granted Protection until All
Saints' Day for Walter Haket going beyond seas with Robert de Tony ;
and the same date Walter has letters nominating Henry de Hextan
his attorney for one year. Appointment 6 Aug. 1309 of Walter Haket
to the custody of the King's Castle of Mackenegan (Newcastle) co.
Wicklow. Sir Walter Haket, Knt. sat for Salop 1316.

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1307, October; and 1308. Returns lost.

1309. Robert Sturmy.

Robert de Somery.

The Sturmys were seated at Sutton Sturmey from very early
time, and certainly held the same lands as late as Hen. VI. Another
branch continued at Rushock until 7 Hen. VII. A knight named
Sturmy was very zealous for recovery of the Holy Land. John Sturmy
paid for lands in Sutton temp. Edw. I. ; and in 20 Edw. III. John de
Sturmy held the same lands in Sutton which Robert Sturmy anciently
held. Robert Sturmy was M. P. 1309, 1315. 'ihe King granted Pardon
27 Dec. 1327 at the request of Roger de Mortuo Mari, to Robert
Sturmy, Simon de Crombe (see 1295), Robert de Somery, John de Everle
(see 1320), Thomas de Littleton (see 1316), Richard de Hauckeslowe
(see 1322), Richard de Ruyhale, John de Stone of Temedebury (see
1320), Richard Bertram (1329), Robert de Sevenhamj^ton junior (see
Worcester 1332), Thomas de Newyngton, Richard atte Boure, and
others of j[^Z'2.() 6s. 8d. remaining due on a fine which they were
compelled to make with the late King, by the procurement of Hugh le
Despencer and others of his confederacy, for a certain tres|)ass
maliciously charged upon them by the said Hugh. On 3 Sep. 1327
commission of oyer and terminer issued to Robert Scurmy and others on
complaint by William del Hay, that John de Stone (see 1320) and others
carried away 3 horses, 8 oxen, and 3 cows at Littlehey, Salop.

Robert de Somery who was M.P. 1309, 1313, 1316, 1325, 1332,
was probably a younger grandson of Roger de Somery (who began about
1 261 to make a Castle of his manor house at Dudley and was obliged to
obtain a licence from the King in 1263, to enable him to proceed with
the work, and who died 1273, leaving an eldest son Roger who died
1300). Robert was apparently younger brother to Sir John de Somen',
summoned to Pari, as Baron of Dudley in 1308, and d. in 1322, and
who through his eldest sister and co-heir was ancestor of the Lords Dudley.
Robert de Somery and Alex, de Befford (see 13 13), received a
commission 10 March 1327 to hold an inquisition concerning the state
of the manor and forest of Feckenham. the custody of which had been
committed by the King to Robert de Haileyc during pleasure. On 16
Sept. 1332 Walter de Newenton (see 1336) and Robert de Somery were
app. to assess and levy in co. Wore, the fifteenth and tenth of moveable
goods, granted to the King in the present Parliament for the business
of Ireland and other business. Robert de Somery presented to the
living of Bishampton in 1286.

1311. Aug. John de Wasseburne.
Edmund de Grafton.

Sir John de Washbourne who was probably grandfather of the
M.P. 1403, was son of Sir Roger. Order i April 1315 to Master John

Members for Worcestershire. 5

Waleweyn. escheator this side Trent, to deliver to Matilda wife of Roger
de Chaundos, a Knight's fee in Olreton co. Wore, which John de
Wassheburn holds, of tlie yearly value of ^^4, assigned to her as part
of her dower. ( Close Rolls).

Sir Edmund de Grafton was M.P. 1311, 1313, 1314, app. a
Commr. to assess co. Wore, i Nov. 1301, and on 15 July 1301 was one
of those app. to enquire by jury of co. Wore, what Bailiffs or Ministers
had received bribes to stay at home, from the 500 footmen selected in
CO. Wore, and to attach them and compel them to join the army
without delay. He was app. 26 Aug. 1309, a Commr. for co. Wore,
to asse s and levy the twenty-fifth upon all moveable goods, for the
War in Scotland, and on 4 Dec. 1312a commission of oyer and terminer
issued to him and others on complaint of Robert de Loggore, parson of
the Church of Sutham, that John de Derby and others forcibly carried
away his goods at Sutham, co. Warwick. He was doubtless an early
ancestor of the Graftons who " did formerly enjoy a kmg revenue of
lands, both in Worcester and Worcestershire, as at Grafton, Flyford and
Pendock, and also other lands in co. Stafford." They seem to have
become extinct before the Visitation in 1569.

131 1. Nov. Sir John de Wasseburne Knt.

Sir Edmund de Grafton Knt.

131 2. William le Galeis
William le Seneschal.

The latter was the son of the M.P. 1295, and was one of those
app. 26 Aug. 1309 to assess and levy the twenty-fifth upon all moveable
goods in CO. Wore, for the war in Scotland.

Wm. le Galeis was perhaps the same as Wm. de Waley, M.P.
Salop, 1324. The name afterwards became Walsh.

13 13. March. Edmund de Grafton.

Alexander de Besford.

The enrolment of the Writ de Expensis gives Alex, de Besseford
and Walter Haket (see 1307). Alexander was M.P. 1313, 131 5, 1324,
and presented to Flavel Flivord 2 kal. Mar. 1300, and was still patron of
that Church in 132 1.

Return lost.

Edmund de Grafton.
Alexander de Besforde.

Return lost.

Edmund de Graftone.
John de Bysshoppesdon.

The latter was also M.P. co. Warwick 1319, and (as Knt.) 1326,
1330. Commission of the Peace 22 July 1330 to John de Bishopesden









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in CO. Warwick pursuant to the Statute of Winchester. He and Robert
de Valle were app. 1328 Collectors in co. Warwick of the twentieth of
moveables granted to the King by Pari, for the defence of the
kingdom against the Scots.

13 1 5. Robert de Sturmy.
Alexander de Besford.

1 316. Jan. Richard de Clebury.

Appointment 26 Aug. 1307 of Richard de Clebury, the King's
Cook, to the custody of the manor of Stourton subject to a yearly pay-
ment into the Exchequer. On 3 May 13 13 Richard de Clebury going
beyond the seas with the King and on his service had protection until
St. Peter ad Vincula. He was Cook to the three Kings, Edward I., H.
and in., and on 9 Feb. 1328, the King granted to Master Richard de
Clebury, in consideration of his good service and of his infirmity, and
at the request of Roger de Mortuo Mari de Wygemor, leave to absent
himself from the Court and to return again and resume his labours at
his pleasure, receiving his wages, fees, and robes, at the time of the
livery, as well present as absent, and if too infirm to labour, then he is
to receive his wages and robes at the Exchequer. Grant for life 2 1 July
1331 to R, de C, King's Sergeant and Cook, of the bailiwick of the
forestership of Corndon by Montgomerie. Appointment 22 July 1334
of Master R. de C, King's Yeoman, in consideration of his services to
the custody of lands in Russhton, co. Northampton {Patent Rolls). He
acknowledged 20 May 1318 that he owed to Robert Albyn £\(i 4s. yd.,
to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in co.
Wore. ( Close Rolls),

1316. April. Robert Somery.

Thomas de Luttelton.

The latter was the 2nd son of Thomas de Luttelton, and m.
Julian, dau. and heir of Robert de Somery. He was the first of the
family to represent the County, which so many of his descendants have
since done. Commission of oyer and terminer issued to Justices 15 July
1309 on complaint by Roger de Billesleye and Isabella his wife that
Thomas de Littleton and others entered his houses at Coketon, co.
Warwick, assaulted him, his children, and servants, imprisoned him, took
away his wife Isabella to Warwick and imprisoned her there, impounded
6 of his oxen and 8 of his cows, broke his close, felled his trees, and
with cattle depastured, trampled down, and consumed his growing corn.
He succ. his eldest brollier, Kdnumd of Coulesdon, in his estates at
Naunton and South Lyttcllon, and was M.P. co. Worcester 13 16. The
name is derived from Littleton in the Vale of Evesham.

1316. July. Robert de Somery.

Thomas de Luttleton.

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1 318. Walter de Berthrop.
Walter le Blount.

Commission of oyer and terminer issued to Justices i June 1330
on complaint by Roger de Mortuo Mari, Earl of March, that Walter le

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