BANNOK, Robert, of Hythe, Kent.
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Family and Education
m. bef. Feb. 1399, Beatrice, wid. of John Godiscalk of Hythe.1
Jurat, Hythe Feb. 1401-2, 1407-8, 1409-10, 1411-13, 1419-22.2
Bannok’s property in Hythe earned him 15s. rent in 1412-13, a year in which his chattels were worth £12. By 1419-20 they had increased in value to £16.3
When a jurat in May 1411, Bannok represented Hythe on the Cinque Ports’ juries that indicted William Long II* of Rye for piracy. Shortly afterwards he went as one of a delegation to Dymchurch to discuss with Archbishop Arundel’s steward a project for using the waters of Romney marsh to help construct a new harbour for Hythe. He also participated in negotiations for a fresh agreement between the mariners and fishermen of France and their counterparts from the Cinque Ports for fixing ransoms — a task which occupied him at least until 1419. That year he was active on Hythe’s part in its suit with Thomas Newman of Burmarsh, after John Skinner IV* had asked that he be sent up to London to support him in defending the case. In April Bannok attended a meeting of the Cinque Ports at Dover to discuss how to safeguard the Channel until the main English fleet put to sea, and he was also present at the Brodhull which met that December.4