WICHAMPTON (WYCHAMPTONE), William, of Calne, Wilts.
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Family and Education
A member of a family long established in Calne,1 Wichampton is first recorded there in May 1363, when he and several other local burgesses repaid £10 of a debt of £40 which they owed to William, Lord Zouche, the feudal overlord of the manor of Calne. Richard Pynnok, Zouche’s bailiff and the returning officer for the borough, was Wichampton’s surety for attendance when he was elected to Parliament (apparently for the first time) in 1378, and Roger Bailiff, Pynnok’s successor, did him the same service when he was returned for the seventh time in 1385. On this latter occasion Wichampton and his fellow Member, John Blake, also gave sureties for one another’s appearance in the Commons. After his election to the Merciless Parliament of 1388 nothing further is heard of him.2