BEVERLEY, Richard, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumb.
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Commr. of inquiry, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Dec. 1402 (concealments).
Comparatively little is known about this MP, who is first mentioned in April 1402, when he appears as a trustee of the manor of Croxdale and land in Quarrington, Northumberland, holding to the use of the Tirwhit family. In the following August he witnessed a grant of property in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and was returned to Parliament for the borough shortly afterwards. Although he was appointed to a royal commission of inquiry in the town in the following year he did not actually sit on it, because of an administrative blunder. In February 1405, Beverley himself gave evidence in Chancery exculpating Sir Ralph Euer* and John Mitford (the latter of whom had served with him, as a shire knight for Northumberland, in the Parliament of 1402) from their own failure to act as royal commissioners in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. No more is heard of him after the spring of 1407, when it may be assumed that he either died or retired from public life.
DKR, xlv. 269; CPR, 1401-5, p. 198; CCR, 1402-5, pp. 485-6; 1405-9, p. 267; Surtees Soc. cxxxvii. 187. There is no evidence, either direct or indirect, to link Richard with his namesake and contemporary, a Yorkshire lawyer active in the town of Beverley during this period (CPR, 1396-9, p. 505; 1399-1401, p. 78; 1408-13, pp. 486, 487; 1413-16, p. 426).