GIBBS, John (by 1530-69 or later), of Hereford.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1530, prob. s. of Thomas Gibbs of Hereford.1

Offices Held

Mayor, Hereford 1561-2, alderman by 1569.2


Little has come to light about John Gibbs. He was doubtless related to both Robert Gibbs, mayor of Hereford in 1522-3, and Thomas Gibbs, clerk of the city under Henry VIII and four times mayor between 1527 and 1560, and so descended from the Roger Gibbs who had been a Member for Hereford in 1478 and twice mayor under Henry VII. He was assessed for subsidy in the Bystreets ward of Hereford in 1551 on goods valued at £13. After sitting in Mary’s last Parliament he himself became mayor in 1561. In Bishop Scory’s report to the Privy Council in 1564 he was called a ‘neuter’ in religion. The last reference found to him is as an alderman in 1569; no will or other evidence has been found to indicate when he died.3

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: P. S. Edwards


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from first reference.
  • 2. R. Johnson, Anct. Customs, Hereford, 233; Vis. Herefs. ed. Weaver, p. vi.
  • 3. Johnson, 233, 237; E179/117/219; Cam. Misc. ix(3), 15.