BUSH, John, of Cambridge.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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Family and Education

Offices Held

Bailiff, Cambridge Sept. 1408-9, 1414-17, 1420-1.1


John was probably a kinsman of William Bush, the cutler who served as bailiff of Cambridge in 1407 and 1411, and of Richard Bush†, the parliamentary burgess of 1422. The latter was a bailiff when John was returned to the Leicester Parliament of 1426. Later that year John was one of three delegates attending the annual Magna Congregatio as representatives of the suburbs of Cambridge.2 In 1432 Thomas Flaxman, a husbandman from Hertfordshire, was pardoned his outlawry for not appearing before the justices to answer Bush and William Bolle of London concerning a debt of £7 6s.2d. There is insufficient evidence to identify him with the John Bush of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire, who took the general oath administered by the government in 1434 in an attempt to reduce the incidence of maintenance.3

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: E.M. Wade


  • 1. Add. 5833, ff. 134-5.
  • 2. C.H. Cooper, Annals Cambridge, i. 176. For his services at the 1426 Parliament he received from the Cambridge treasurers £3 11s. for 71 days, at the new reduced rate of 1s. a day.
  • 3. CPR, 1429-36, pp. 165, 387.