PROUDE, Henry, of Huntingdon.
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Family and Education
m. by 1383, Constance.1
Bailiff, Huntingdon Mich. 1389-90.2
Collector of taxes, Hunts. Jan. 1392, Mar., Oct. 1393, Mar. 1395
Proude first appears as a mainpernor for William Wightman’s attendance as Member for Huntingdon at the Parliaments of 1380 (Jan.) and 1382 (May). Later, in 1397, he performed a similar service for both John Dunhead I (in January) and John Hawkin (in September). Little else is known about his activities, save that he and his wife enjoyed a title to two messuages in the borough in about 1383; and that not long afterwards he was involved in litigation for the recovery of a debt from one Thomas North of Abington in Cambridgeshire. The latter was actually thrown into prison, although in March 1386 a group of friends offered bail on his behalf. Even so, despite his apparent obscurity, Proude must have commanded sufficient influence to be included on four commissions for the collection of royal taxes in Huntingdonshire. He was still alive in 1405, when he witnessed a deed for John Denton*, but no more is heard of him from then onwards.3