BROWNELL, Edmund (d.c.1573), of Coventry, Warws.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Sheriff, Coventry 1557, alderman from 1558, mayor 1565.


Brownell was a clothier and merchant of the staple. In 1558 he was pardoned for buying and selling wool contrary to the statutes of 5 and 6 Edward VI. In 1569 or thereabouts, he went to London on the city’s business, receiving 57s.8d. expenses. He was paid his wages for the Parliament of 1571 and the session of 1572. On 28 June 1572 he was one of the Members of the Commons sent to confer with the Lords on the bill ‘touching the inordinate length of kerseys’. He was dead by 28 Apr. 1573 when a by-election was held to replace him.

Coventry council bk. f. 12; treasurer’s bk. pp. 16, 23, 24; T. W. Whitley, Parl. Rep. Coventry, 56; B. Poole, Coventry, 371; CPR, 1557-8, p. 301; CJ, i. 103; C219/282/23, 24.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: M.N.