BOUGHTON, William, of Worcester.
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Alnager, Worcs. Mich. 1405-10.
Bailiff, Worcester Mich. 1409-10, 1428-30, 1433-4.1
In November 1405, in association with four others, including John Wood I*, Boughton was granted at the Exchequer the farm of the subsidy and alnage on cloth in both the city of Worcester and the county, as from the previous September. He was one of ten persons named as attending the elections for the city to the Parliament of May 1413. Much later, in 1431, he was described as a butcher when he and John Boughton, probably his son, released Richard Baret of Worcester, a competitor in the same business, from all legal actions. A few months afterwards, William served as a member of a Worcester jury giving evidence for the assessment of a royal aid. He was chosen bailiff of the city on as many as four occasions, during his last term being responsible for an agreement under which the prior of Worcester was licensed to pipe water along the castle ditch to the great gate of the priory. He was again present at the city elections to the Parliaments of 1437 (then finding mainprise for Robert Nelme*), 1442 (when he was described as a resident 40s. freeholder), 1449 (Feb.) and 1450.2