Name: Humphrey Hewster
Occupation: MP Chichester 1
Change Date: 1 MAR 2013
Called Humphrey Hewster of London, in references to his wife?s 2nd husband John Goring.
Must be this man, surely:
Humphrey HEWSTER (ca.1415-ca.1475) of Chichester. Lawyer.
1442 M.P.Chichester. (H.P.p.449)
1446 Founded a guild in Chichester. (ibid.)
1450 M.P.Chichester. (ibid.)
1450-70 An attorney in Chichester; he sometimes acted for the Dean and Chapter.(ibid.)
1453 Bailiff and an Elector for Chichester. (ibid.)
1456 A feoffee for the Lewkenors. (ibid.)
1458 An attorney for John Hill, grocer of London. (C.P.R.1452-61 p.426)
1460 An Elector for Sussex and M.P.Chichester. (H.P.p.449)
9 Jul 1461 Involved in the quitclaim of land in Sussex by John Cheyne. (C.C.R.1461-68 p.65)
7 Jun 1463 On a commission de walliis et fossatis for Sussex. (C.P.R.1461-67 p.280)
1466 Executor of the Will of the parson of St. Margaret?s Church, Bridge Street, London. (H.P.p.449)
13 Feb.1467 On a commission de walliis et fossatis in Sussex. (C.P.R.1461-67 p.529)
Apr. Founded the Oakhurst Chantry at Chichester with John Goryng and Thomas Best (H.P.p.449)
1470-1 ? M.P.Chichester. (ibid.)
30 Jan 1472 Pardoned. (ibid.)
Died abt 1496? (IGI)
Grant - ref. Cap/I/17/60 - date: 1 February 1478/9
Tenement in South St., Chichester, to the East of the graveyard of the Cathedral to the West of South St., to the North of a house of St. Mary, to the South of Rego Street, which (a) had of the gift of Humfry Heuster, together with Roger Leukenore, knight, now dead,...... Berkele, esq., John Govele, clerk, John Wode, junr., John Vyncent and John Ossebarne.
This article relates to ?Thomas Heuster alias Westcote? (qv)
In the 1460's, we have a series of references for one Humphrey Hewster in and around Chichester, Sussex, including one for a Humphrey Hewster acting as sequestrator for Bosham: another Crown appointment.
Crown appointments did not usually require physical presence. Often they were just a way to reward service. A wardship, for instance, involved collecting the rents and profits of a minor, but not necessarily administering the estate in person, or even taking care of the minor! Where the duties had to be performed in person the grant would say so, as it did in the case of Guy Westcott and the Bristol customs.
There is one vital document connecting Humphrey Heuster with the Westcotts. That is the Inquisition post Mortem upon the death of John Gunter, taken in 1474. This shows that John Gunter enfeoffed Thomas Westcote and Humphrey Heuster (among others) in the manor of Fenny Sutton, Wiltshire.
Guy Westcote's younger brother Nicholas had a son Richard whose daughter Anne married a Gunter. In 1547 a pardon of alienation was issued to James Gunter and Henry Westcott. And in 1538 a Henry Westcote married a Mary Gunter. So there were connections between the Westcotes and the Gunters. The IPM mentioned above recites that John Gunter, in the ninth year of Edward IV (ie 1469 or 1470), transferred the manor of Fenny Sutton in Wiltshire to ten trustees, including Thomas Westcote, gentleman, and Humphrey Heuster, gentleman. The involvement of Humphrey Heuster with the Gunters and the Westcotes is surely not just coincidence.
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