COOPER, John I, of Worcester.
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Bailiff, Worcester Mich. 1378-9, 1394-6.1
As one of Worcester’s bailiffs in October 1378, Cooper was responsible for replying to the sheriff’s precept to hold a parliamentary election there, and when so doing he himself stood surety for the appearance of Richard Cowerne†. In January 1386 he served as a juror at the bailiffs’ court. A year after the end of his third term of office Cooper was indicted at Worcester before the county j.p.s for having forcibly abducted one William Cooper, a servant of John Wybbe of Hanbury, from his master’s service. Presumably William was a kinsman of his. Precisely what property Cooper owned in Worcester is not known, but that he held some is clear from the fact that in 1415 one of his grandsons, also named John, conveyed to his two brothers all the holdings he had inherited from him there.2