CROUK, John, of Bridport, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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Jan. 1397
Sept. 1397

Family and Education

m. by 1390, Alice,1 ?1s. 1da.

Offices Held

Bailiff, Bridport Mich. 1396-7; constable 1397-8.2


From 1390 Crouk held a messuage close to the lane leading to ‘Kyllyugesmulle’, off East Street, Bridport. The bonds for payment of £5 into which he entered in 1393 were probably connected with his trade in cloth. (In 1395-6 he sold 24 ‘dozens’ in Dorset.) His closest associate was John Palmer II*: he provided securities for him when, in 1394 and 1397, he was elected as cofferer of the town; and it was during their joint bailiffship that they were both returned to the first Parliament of 1397.3

Crouk may have been succeeded by a son of the same name, for in 1456 a John Crouk’s sister and heir, Edith, who had married John Frampton of Dorchester, a member of an important Dorset family, made a quitclaim to William Oliver† of Bridport of her rights to her late brother’s property.4

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: L. S. Woodger


  • 1. Dorset RO, B3/S35.
  • 2. B3/D2, f. 88; M11, ff. 15, 19.
  • 3. C146/1239; Dorset RO, B3/M11, f. 10; S35; CAD, i. C1695; E101/343/29.
  • 4. CAD, i. C434. In his pedigree of the Framptons, J. Hutchins (Hist. Dorset, i. 398-9), did not mention Edith Crouk, unless he confused her with Edith, da. of Sir Matthew Stawell.