HUTTON, Richard (d.1604), of Bermondsey Street, Southwark, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Subsidy commr. Southwark 1593; bailiff 17 July 1589-12 Aug. 1595; dep. alderman, Southwark by 1601, alderman of London.1


An armourer by trade, Hutton was active in the administration of the borough, which he represented in five Elizabethan Parliaments. He is recorded as sitting on a minor committee lo Dec. 1584 and the subsidy committee 11 Feb. 1589. His return in 1593 was disputed on the grounds that as bailiff he ought not to have returned himself, but ‘the truth was’, according to Speaker Coke, ‘my lord admiral [Howard] had written for the place and they denied him’. This is the only suggestion that Howard was attempting to intervene in Southwark in this period. In the event the Speaker ‘propounded it a question whether [Hutton] should be sworn or no. The House said Aye and he was sworn presently and came into the House’ (9 Mar.).2

Hutton’s will, leaving 5 marks to the Armourers’ Company ‘whereof I am a poor member’ was made 28 May 1604 when he was ‘sick in body’. By 1 June he was ‘so weak as he could not subscribe his name’, but a codicil was added 5 June. Hutton was dead by 13 Sept. when the will was proved by a creditor, the executrix having renounced the task. No close relatives are mentioned.3

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: H.G.O.


  • 1. D. J. Johnson, Southwark and the City, 410; Surr. Arch. Colls. xviii. 165; Analytical Index to the Remembrancia, 285; Surr. Rec. Soc. vii. 144; Manning and Bray, Surr. iii. 556; PCC 78 Fenner.
  • 2. D’Ewes, 338, 431, 471, 489, 494-5, 496; Cott. Titus F. ii. anon. jnl. f. 55; Analytical Index, 284-5.
  • 3. PCC 78 Fenner.