APPLEYARD, Bartholomew, of Norwich, Norf.
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prob. s. of William Appleyard*.
Bartholomew, an obscure member of a local family of repute, was named after William Appleyard’s father, Bartholomew Appleyard† (d.1386), a prominent citizen of Norwich who had himself represented the city in Parliament and occupied the office of bailiff three times. The younger Bartholomew, who never attained civic office, probably owed his return to two Parliaments to the influence of his putative father William, mayor of the city at the time of both elections. Meanwhile, in 1411-12, he was paid £2 ‘for riding to London with a certificate to the Lord King for the bearing of the mayor’s sword’ — a journey undertaken expressly on his distinguished kinsman’s instructions. Otherwise, he does not appear in the local records, save in a deed enrolled in the city court in September 1414, wherein he figured as a feoffee of the reversion of a messuage in St. Andrew’s parish, not far from William Appleyard’s house. It seems likely that Bartholomew died before William made his will in 1418, for he is not mentioned in it.
Recs. Norwich ed. Hudson and Tingey, ii. 58; Norf. RO, Norwich enrolments, 17 m. 5.