GYLLYNG, John, of Sandwich, 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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May 1413

Family and Education

m. (1) bef. 1400, Agnes; (2) bef. Oct. 1406, Constance, sis. of Agnes, w. of Richard Benge*.1

Offices Held

Jurat, Sandwich Dec. 1401-2, 1404-5, 1410-11;2 mayor 1412-14.3

Collector of customs and subsidies, Sandwich 18 Dec. 1404-11 May 1406; controller 29 Sept. 1408-30 Mar. 1413.

Dep. butler, Sandwich 28 Mar. 1413-22 Nov. 1418.


In 1406 Gyllyng and Richard Benge, whose wives were sisters, conveyed to feoffees their wives’ interest in the manor of Hamwold, near Sandwich. Four years later Gyllyng was acting as Benge’s executor. He owned an inn in Sandwich, and his appointment as deputy butler (a post he was holding when returned to Parliament for the second time) also suggests a personal involvement in the wine trade.4

In 1416-17 Gyllyng was sent by the Cinque Ports to Yarmouth with a batch of writs alleging breaches of the Ports’ rights at the annual herring fair.5 He is not recorded after the end of his term as deputy butler in 1418. A benefactor of St. Mary’s church, Sandwich, he paid for the glazing of its north window, and, presumably as a testamentary bequest, he also gave the church the sum of £20 and 10s. a year for its fabric.6

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: A. P.M. Wright


  • 1. CP25(1)111/254/17, 112/266/317.
  • 2. W. Boys, Sandwich, i. 48-49; Kent AO, Sandwich deeds Sa/TB1/19.
  • 3. Boys, i. 51; St. John’s hospital deeds Sa/QJt1/23.
  • 4. CP25(1)112/266/317; E364/44 m. Ad; Boys, i. 51; Sandwich Black bk. f. 3d.
  • 5. Romney assmt. bk. 2, f. 88d.
  • 6. Boys, i. 372.