ANTHONY, John (by 1482-1552), of Dartmouth, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1482. m. by 1532, Agnes, 2s. 2da.2

Offices Held

2nd bailiff, Dartmouth 1524-5, 1st bailiff 1525-6, mayor 1531-2, 1532-3, 1541-2, common councilman by 1541.3


John Anthony was a Dartmouth merchant who traded mainly in linen but was also a general supplier. From 1503 he occupied a house on the Glovers’ Quay where in 1550 he was assessed towards the subsidy on goods valued at 20s. In 1514 he served as a purser aboard the Christopher of Dartmouth with the royal fleet. His municipal career followed the usual progression and culminated in his return to the Parliament of 1542. He shared a payment of £11 10s. with his fellow-Member William Holland after the first session and was the sole recipient of £8 2s. after the second, presumably on both occasions at the rate of 1s.6d. a day: no record of payment for the third session has been found. Anthony died between making his will on 8 June 1552 and its being proved on 12 Aug. following. After remembering the poor at Dartmouth he provided for his mother-in-law, wife and children and named his wife executrix and William Richards and Robert Holland supervisors.4

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: Roger Virgoe


  • 1. Exeter city lib. Dartmouth mss 2002, f. 16v.
  • 2. Date of birth estimated from first reference. H. R. Watkin, Pre-Reformation Dartmouth, 304; PCC 20 Powell.
  • 3. Watkin, 187; Exeter city lib. Dartmouth mss 2003, f. 6.
  • 4. Watkin, 164, 178, 327, 343; E179/99/321; LP Hen. VIII, i; Exeter city lib. Dartmouth mss 2002, ff. 16v, 17v; PCC 20 Powell.