INGLET, Richard (by 1490-1544 or later), of Rye, Suss.

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 1490. m. Agnes, 1s.3

Offices Held

Chamberlain, Rye 1517-18, jurat 1525-42 or later, mayor 1529-30, 1533-4, 1536-7; bailiff to Yarmouth 1528.4


Richard Inglet bought the freedom of Rye in 1511 for 3s.4d. He next appears in the chamberlains’ accounts when he was appointed one of them himself for the year 1517-18; he was then described as a fisherman but in later life he engaged in trade, exporting wood and importing wine. He and three others were elected jurats on 11 Apr. 1525, during the mayoralty of John Fletcher and his name continues to appear on the annual jurat list until 1542; as there is a gap in this series of lists from 1543 to 1547, and Inglet was not among those sworn in 1548, his death probably occurred within this six-year period. He had represented Rye at the Brotherhood of the Cinque Ports once each as chamberlain and mayor and five times as a jurat.5

There is no record of Inglet’s by-election to the Parliament of 1529 in place of Nicholas Sutton and its dating can therefore be only approximate. Inglet was to receive his first parliamentary wages in August 1534, when he and John Fletcher were each given £7 17s.8d.: as this amount was a fraction less than that due, at the standard rate of 2s. a day, for 79 days’ attendance, it clearly related to the sixth session of the Parliament, which had lasted 75 days. If the by-election had thus taken place between the opening of that session, on 15 Jan. 1534, and the close of the previous one, on 7 Apr. 1533, it may well have coincided with the beginning of Inglet’s second term as mayor and his choice for both positions may have been a calculated one. Having seen this Parliament through to its dissolution in April 1536, Fletcher and Inglet were re-elected, in accordance with the King’s general request, to its much briefer successor of the following June.6

In a will made on 18 Apr. 1544 Inglet left the house he dwelt in to his wife for life, with remainder to his son John, who also inherited his house ‘at the cliff’, his interest in the boat which he shared with Richard Fletcher, and his four shops at the Strand. All his movables and silver were to be divided between his wife and son, whom he named his executors, and his grandson was to be given £20 when he became 22, and Marion Inglet, doubtless a granddaughter, £10 on her marriage. The will was witnessed by the overseer William Partriche, the curate of Rye, Mr. William Inold, and others, but the registered copy bears no date of probate.7

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: Helen Miller


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament; Rye chamberlains’ accts. 4, f. 264.
  • 2. Ibid. 4, f. 295v.
  • 3. Date of birth estimated from admission as freeman. Lewes archdeaconry ct. A1, f. 59.
  • 4. Rye chamberlains’ accts. 3-5 passim; Cinque Ports White and Black Bks. (Kent Arch. Soc. recs. br. xix), 205.
  • 5. Rye chamberlains’ accts. 3, f. 272v; 4, ff. 42, 140; 5, f. 27; E122/36/5, 7, 8, 10; Cinque Ports White and Black Bks. passim.
  • 6. Rye chamberlains’ accts. 4, ff. 264, 277, 293, 294v, 295, 296v, 297.
  • 7. Lewes archdeaconry ct. A1, f. 59.