CARLISLE, Henry, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumb.
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Dep. butler of Newcastle-upon-Tyne 28 Oct. 1382-17 Dec. 1384
Collector of portage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 24 Nov. 1387-8 Nov 1394
Bailiff, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Mich. 1391-2, 1393-5; mayor 1399-1400.3
Carlisle was a merchant who dealt mostly in cloth, which he exported regularly from Newcastle-upon-Tyne throughout the 1380s. Although comparatively little is known about his personal affairs, he was clearly a figure of some consequence in the borough, for he had already acted as deputy butler and was currently a collector of pontage there when he first took his seat in the House of Commons. Shortly after returning from the Cambridge Parliament of September 1388, he sat on the jury at the inquisition post mortem held in Newcastle on John, Lord Neville; and two years later he stood surety for one of the parties to a local conveyance of property. By the time of his second Parliament, in 1394, Carlisle was in office as town bailiff, a post which had periodically been occupied by members of his family from the early 13th century onwards. Some of his ancestors had, indeed, served as mayor, too; and in 1399 he himself was elected to that office.4