BRANDE, James (c.1532-c.82), of Bitterne, Hants and Gray's Inn.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Mar. 1553
Apr. 1554
Nov. 1554

Family and Education

educ. G. Inn 1549.

Offices Held

Town clerk, Southampton 1553-9 or later, recorder from c. Mar. 1554-65, solicitor by 1578; feodary, Hants 1562-70 or later.


Nothing is known of Brande’s family background. He was first returned for Southampton about the time of his appointment as recorder, sitting in all but one of the Parliaments held during his term of office, and being paid at the usual rate of 2s. a day. He last signed an order in the town’s remembrance book on 8 Oct. 1565, and his successor as recorder claimed his salary from the Christmas following. Brande was still acting as the town’s solicitor in 1578, and was one of the 12 jurats and mayor’s assistants until 1582. He wrote in the same year from Gray’s Inn to Francis Walsingham about a lawsuit, and this is the last reference found to him.

Soton RO, bk. of debts 1525-1602, ff. 60, 111; bk. of oaths and ordinances, f. 27; leases SC 4/3/16/15; Soton Black Bk. iii (Soton Rec. Soc.), 112; Remembrance Bk. i (Soton Rec. Soc.), 93; Third Remembrance Bk. ii (Soton Rec. Ser.), 98, 158-9; CPR, 1560-3, pp. 448-9; CSP Dom. 1581-90, p. 45.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Patricia Hyde