SKITBY, William, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs.

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

m. by Mich. 1398, Ellen, prob. da. and h. of William Brompton of Newcastle-under-Lyme by his w. Margery.1

Offices Held

Bailiff, Newcastle-under-Lyme Mich. 1403-4, 1407-8.2


The subject of this biography may well have been the son of the William Skitby who was chosen by his fellow burgesses in 1376 to collect taxes in Newcastle. The first piece of evidence concerning his own career occurs in the autumn of 1398, when the reversion of four messuages and other property in the borough was settled upon him and his wife by William Brompton, a prominent local figure who was probably his father-in-law. Skitby himself became a figure of some consequence in the community, for besides serving two terms as bailiff of Newcastle, he stood surety for at least four other holders of this office, including John Biddulph*. No more is known of him after his election to Parliament in 1416.3

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: C.R.


Variants: Skitbie, Skytbye.

  • 1. Wm. Salt. Arch. Soc. xi. 204.
  • 2. T. Pape, Med. Newcastle-under-Lyme, 169, 173.
  • 3. Ibid. 149, 172 (bis.), 174-5.