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


Offices Held

Tax collector, Suss. Mar. 1395, Mar. 1401, Oct. 1414, Nov. 1415.


Earlier in the 14th century members of Farnfold’s family had been living at Wisborough, a dozen or so miles from Steyning, and John himself leased from the Fitzalan earls of Arundel land in the woods near there, as well as other property at Wepham. However, save that he was loosely described as being ‘of the rape of Bramber’ (on the occasion of his appointment as a collector of subsidies in 1401), his place of residence is not recorded.1 He may have been the son of John Farnfold ‘the elder’, a collector of parliamentary subsides in 1384, and father of Richard Farnfold (d.c.1462), an elector of the knights of the shire for Sussex in 1419, 1420 and 1422, and bailiff of Steyning 1423-4.2

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: L. S. Woodger


  • 1. Suss. Arch. Colls. lix. 84-85; Two Fitzalan Surveys (Suss. Rec. Soc. lxvii), 107, 127.
  • 2. C219/12/3, 4, 13/1; SC2/206/43 m. 1d; SC6/1036/4.