HAYMAN, Owen (by 1508-65 or later), of Dorchester, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Apr. 1554

Family and Education

b. by 1508.1

Offices Held

Bailiff, Dorchester 1553-4, 1557-8, 1564-5.2


Owen Hayman was a barber, living in Dorchester from at least 1529, when he bought a house in High South Street from John Davy. In later years he acquired further property in the town amounting to at least seven burgages, two of which he resold in 1564. He was of some importance in Dorchester but of little consequence outside the town, although as a freeholder he took part in the election of the knights of the shire in October 1554. During his first term as bailiff Hayman was chosen as the town’s junior Member to sit with Christopher Hole in the second Parliament of Mary’s reign. It was also as bailiff that he supervised the parliamentary election for the borough in 1558 and seven years later witnessed the ratification of Dorchester’s seal by Clarencieux king of arms. Presumably he either retired from public life or died not long after this ratification since his name does not reappear in the town records.3

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: Helen Miller


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from first reference.
  • 2. C. H. Mayo, Recs. Dorchester, 39, 345; C219/25/37.
  • 3. Mayo, 39, 319-57 passim; C219/23/47, 25/37.