JENEWYNE, John, of Marlborough, Wilts.

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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Oct. 1382

Family and Education

Offices Held

Mayor, Marlborough Mich. 1378-9.2

Tax collector, Wilts. Dec. 1385.


Little is known of Jenewyne’s early life save that in 1372 he stood surety for the attendance in Parliament of Hubert Wolwy and Walter Joop, the burgesses-elect for Marlborough. A tanner, he paid 6s.8d. towards the poll tax of 1379. This was by far the largest sum contributed by any Marlborough burgess, but he was mayor at the time, and it was for this reason that he paid so much (in compliance with the provisions of the statute). When he was elected to the second Parliament of 1382, one of his sureties was Robert Warner*, along with whom, seven years later, he witnessed a local deed. Jenewyne evidently traded outside the borough, and some time before 1395 Nicholas Tapeser of Northampton owed him a debt of £3. He was still alive in 1406, when he and Thomas Cook I* were mainpernors for the appearance in the Commons of Nicholas Tympeneye.3

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: Charles Kightly


Variants: Genewyne, Johanewyn.

  • 1. Despite the apparently long gap between his first and second elections to Parliament (less than half of the names of Marlborough MPs of 1362-82 are known), there is no evidence to suggest the existence of two John Jenewynes in this period.
  • 2. E179/196/44.
  • 3. C219/7/23, 8/7, 10/3; E179/196/44; J. Waylen, Marlborough, 101-2; CPR, 1391-6, p. 677; Anonimalle Chron. ed. Galbraith, 127.