WILMOTT, Edward (d.1571), of Southampton.

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

s. of John Wilmott (d.1558) of Merdon, Hants by his w. Joan. m. Margaret, 1s. 3da.

Offices Held

Steward, Southampton 1549-50, water bailiff 1551-2, court bailiff 1554-5, sheriff 1555-6, mayor 1559-60.


Wilmott was a well-known figure in Southampton for over 30 years. From 1539 there are references to him, as a stapler engaged in the wool trade with Calais. He also kept an inn, the Dolphin, in English Street. He was frequently fined by the court leet, for such matters as not clearing his ditches, selling bottles of hay at short weight, overcharging for wine, forestalling and regrating.

His will, made in 1569, was first proved 27 Nov. 1571, but, following a dispute between Elizabeth Browne and Alicia Smith (presumably two of his daughters), the grant of probate was revoked, and the matter was not settled until 1583.

VCH Hants, iii. 421; PCC 37 Holney, 9 Welles; Third Remembrance Bk. ii (Soton Rec. Ser.), 154-5; Remembrance Bk. i (Soton Rec. Soc.), 84; J. S. Davies, Hist. Soton, 176; CPR, 1548-9, p. 48; 1554-5, p. 128; 1557-8, p. 300; 1558-60, p. 215; LP Hen. VIII, xiv(2), p. 93; xvii. p. 672 xix(1), p. 600; (2), p. 3; Soton Civic Centre bk. of debts; Black Bk. iii (Soton Rec. Soc.), 94; Ct. Leet Recs. i. (Soton Rec. Soc.), 7, 9, 23, 27, 34, 44, 52, 60, 165.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge