CUNDY, William (d.c.1413), of Hythe, Kent.

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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Family and Education

?bro. of John Cundy*. m. Alice.

Offices Held

Dep. bailiff Hythe c. Nov. 1407-Feb. 1413.1


Cundy was party with other men of Hythe to the capture in March 1403 of a ship from Bilbao, which was taken to Sandwich for a division of the spoils. Assessments for maltolts made at Hythe in 1412-13 show him holding chattels worth £14, and trading in corn and cattle. Early in May 1412 he was one of a group of townsmen sent to Dymchurch to discuss with Archbishop Arundel’s steward the possibility of constructing a new harbour for Hythe. That same spring he entertained at his house a Hollander who had been brought over to advise on the excavation of a sluice near Rye. Also in May he went up to London for talks with the archbishop himself, then chancellor, about the royal grant which, made in 1401 after a great fire at Hythe, permitted the Port exemption from ship-service for a limited period; his brief was either to secure its prolongation or else ensure its enforcement. Subsequently, he made several visits to Dover in connexion with lawsuits which affected Hythe.2

Cundy died at an unknown date before February 1414, when his widow accounted for maltolts in his place.3

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: A. P.M. Wright


  • 1. Hythe Reg. 1, ff. 23, 27, 28.
  • 2. CCR, 1402-5, p. 56; Hythe jurats’ bk. C, ff. 6, 24, 27, 28, 37, 83, 85; Reg. 1, f. 27; CPR, 1399-1401, p. 477.
  • 3. Jurats’ bk. C, f. 58.