DYNT (DENT), Thomas, of Wells, Som.
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The bp. of Bath and Wells’s bailiff of the borough of Wells, from 1402.1
?Searcher of ships in Bristol 8 Apr.-Oct. 1402.
?Keeper of ‘Monkebrigg’ prison, Bristol from May 1406.
Dynt became a freeman of Wells in 1411, being then pledged by John Wycombe*. He may reasonably be identified with the Thomas Dent who, for good service, had been appointed in 1402 by Bishop Bowet as his bailiff in Wells, during good behaviour. This man was alternatively called Saweld, and was perhaps therefore the Thomas Dent alias Salkeld who had travelled to Ireland in the retinue of John, duke of Exeter, in March 1399, and originally came from Boston in Lincolnshire. In July 1406, described as ‘of Somerset’, Dynt acted as mainpernor for William Aylleston, esquire, when the latter leased from the Exchequer a Dorset manor belonging to Edmund Mortimer, earl of March.2 Nothing is recorded of him following his two returns to Parliament for Wells in 1414.