SKULLY, John, of Shoreham, Suss.
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Family and Education
In August 1382, shortly before his first return to Parliament, Skully acquired an acre of land in the common fields of Old Shoreham. He was later a tenant of seven-and-a-half acres on the manor of Knulle in Worthing, held of the Fitzalan earls of Arundel, but Shoreham was evidently his home town. It was there that, in January 1397, he served on a jury for the inquisition post mortem on Thomas Buckingham, senior; and Shoreham harbour was the base whence he shipped corn and the other commodities in which he traded. His house in Shoreham had a cellar for keeping wine. Early in 1407 Skully and other men of the town were party to the sale of a cargo of salt from a Portuguese vessel, captured by mariners from Devon and Cornwall and brought into the port. For this offence, his arrest was ordered on 12 Apr., and probably for the same reason, it was again ordered in the following month. John atte Gate, an accomplice in this affair, was returned with him to Parliament later in the year. Skully is last recorded as attending the shire court at Chichester for the elections to the Parliament of May 1413.1
Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
Author: L. S. Woodger
Variants: Scolby, Sculle, Skolly.
- 1. W. Suss. RO, add. ms 282; Two Fitzalan Surveys (Suss. Rec. Soc. lxvii), 122; E122/33/13; C136/91/7; C1/16/30; CPR, 1405-8, pp. 350, 354; C219/11/2; CIMisc. vii. 172.