WHITTON, Edward (d. by 1593), of Limpsfield, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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6th s. of Owen Whitton of Woodstock, Oxon, by Joan, da. of Robert Wyghthyll of Woodstock; bro. of George. m. (1) Lucy Penn of Penn, Bucks., 1da.; (2) by 1569, Ursula, da. of Sir John Gainsford of Crowhurst by his 5th w. Audrey or Etheldreda, da. of Sir John Shaw, ld. mayor of London, 1 da.

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A younger son with small expectations, Whitton sought his fortune in London, and, presumably, was the Edward Whitton ‘late of Woodstock’ who was imprisoned in the Fleet on account of a £4 debt to a London haberdasher. Perhaps in London, perhaps through a branch of her family seated near Woodstock, he soon afterwards made a fortunate second marriage and thenceforward resided on his wife’s property at Limpsfield, where he was assessed for a corselet and a pike at the musters of 1569. Limpsfield is ten miles from Gatton and, in the absence abroad of the Catholic owner of the borough, Thomas Copley, Whitton presumably had enough local influence to secure his return to the Parliament of 1571. He was dead by 1593.

Vis. Kent (Harl. Soc. lxxv), 117; Vis. Surr. (Harl. Soc. xliii), 12, 93; Harl. 1097, ff. 8, 27; W. D. Gainsford, House of Gainsford, 44, 54-5, 62; CPR, 1563-6, p. 288; Surr. Musters (Surr. Rec. Soc. iii), 141; Surr. Arch. Colls. ix. 166.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Alan Harding