BADDELL, William (d.c.1572), of Hythe, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

m. Margaret.

Offices Held

Bailiff, Hythe 1546-7, jurat from 1547; brodhull rep. in at least the years 1547, 1548, 1549, 1561, 1567; bailiff to Yarmouth 1548.


Of a family established as Hythe fishermen from at least the 1480s, Baddell did not attend brodhull meetings during Queen Mary’s reign (though he remained a jurat of Hythe) and this, together with his being presented by a jury at Hythe during her reign, for visiting persons imprisoned for heresy there, may indicate that he remained a protestant. At any rate, he represented his town in Elizabeth’s first Parliament. Next year he went to Great Yarmouth on his own account and was later fined 40s. for infringing the fair regulations. Two years later the borough granted him permission to build ‘a lodge or storehouse’ upon the town’s common ground. In his will, dated 19 Apr. 1572, he left a life interest in this to his wife, together with a tenement and land in Hythe, a crayer, called the William, of 30 tons, and ‘my half boat called the Peter’. In fact, apart from a fishing net left to a friend, she received everything, and was appointed executrix. The will was proved 20 July 1573.

Cant. prob. reg. C32, f. 33; Hythe chamberlains’ accts. 1483-1509, ff. 26a, 117a; Cinque Ports white bk. ff. 239a et seq., f. 258b; Arch Cant. xxxi. 106.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Helen Miller