GILLINGHAM, William I, of Rochester, Kent.
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?1s. William II*.
Probably a descendant of Thomas Gillingham, who had represented Rochester in four Parliaments earlier in the century and had been knight of the shire in 1346, William is first recorded in 1375 when authorized by the dean of St. Asaph to deliver seisin to (Sir) William Walworth† and others of land in St. Margaret’s parish by Rochester, together with a messuage in the city itself. He witnessed deeds in Rochester in 1382 and 1394, this later one being a conveyance of ‘Potynesyn’ in St. Clement’s parish, which his kinsman Richard Gillingham had occupied by leasehold since 1368. Called ‘senior’ on that occasion, he was perhaps the father of William Gillingham ‘junior’, parliamentary burgess for Rochester three years earlier.1
Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
Author: L. S. Woodger
Variants: Gelyngham, Gylyngham.
- 1. CAD, ii. B3153; Harl. Chs. 50G 47, 51E 38, 53A 44.