WATKIN, William, of Wells, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

m., 1da.

Offices Held

Freeman, Wells 1589, constable 1590, mayor 1592.


Described as ‘gent, stranger’on being made freeman, Watkin apparently settled in Wells. On 30 Nov. 1591 he was appointed a special commissioner to investigate the circumstances surrounding the disposal of Bishop Godwyn’s goods, carried off by his relations on his death in 1590. As one of the Wells burgesses in 1597 Watkin was appointed to the committee considering the bill for Bristol (28 Nov.), and, as burgess for a Somerset borough, he could have attended the committee considering rebuilding Langport Eastover (10 Nov.).

Nothing further has been ascertained about him.

Wells Charters (Som. Rec. Soc. xlvi), 115, 116, 190; D’Ewes, 564; Townshend, Hist. Colls. 103; E178/1966, see also GODWYN, Thomas.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: R.C.G.