FRUYSTHORP, John, of Hertfordshire.

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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Dec. 1421

Family and Education

Offices Held

Tronager and pesager, Southampton 4 Nov. 1422-June 1428.


Though Fruysthorp apparently came from Hertfordshire, he had some links with Old Sarum and other places in Wiltshire. In May 1419, together with John Bird* (Queen Joan’s bailiff in Wiltshire), he went surety for Robert Hayward when the latter obtained an Exchequer lease of an estate called ‘Cormayles’ in Netheravon and a house called ‘Duldres’ in Old Sarum, both properties having once belonged to John Levesham* of Salisbury. Then, in July 1420, Fruysthorp himself (in partnership with his relation Solomon Fruysthorp) took out a lease not only on the same holdings but also on the rest of Levesham’s lands (in Old Sarum and Stratford-sub-Castle), the properties of Levesham’s late wife, Agnes (in Salisbury), and those of his daughter, Alice, and her husband, Richard Christchurch. He was to make a single payment of 100 marks in order to have the wardship and marriage of Levesham’s grand daughter and heir. Once again, John Bird acted as surety. Thus Fruysthorp was leasing property in Old Sarum when elected to Parliament for the borough. His surety for attendance in the Commons of 1422 was John Noble*, then chamberlain of Salisbury and himself a former MP of Old Sarum.1 Five days before the opening of Parliament, Fruysthorp was appointed, during pleasure, to the office of tronager and pesager of wool and other merchandise at Southampton, an office which he apparently held for nearly six years, but nothing more is recorded about him.

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: Charles Kightly


Variants: Frithesthorp, Fryssthorp.

  • 1. CFR, xiv. 279, 343; Salisbury RO, ‘Domesday bk.’ III, f. 76; C219/13/1.