SKINNER, Richard (by 1506-75), of Barnstaple, Devon.

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 1506. m. Agnes (d. July 1567), 1s. 3da.1

Offices Held

Mayor, Barnstaple 1537-8, 1550-1, alderman by 1546-d.2


As an ex-mayor Richard Skinner took precedence over the current mayor, William Salusbury, when they were elected for Barnstaple to the last Marian Parliament; he had recently been named one of the capital burgesses in the town’s new charter. First heard of as the lessee of the Luppingcote garden in Barnstaple in 1526-7, he later took leases of several properties from chantries within the parish church; for the subsidy of 1540 he was assessed at 10s. It is not known what was the nature of the variance ‘betwixt the town and Richard Skinner’ which in 1531-2 was referred to the recorder, Hugh Pollard. Skinner was buried in Barnstaple church on 12 Aug. 1575.3

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: A. D.K. Hawkyard


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from first reference. N. Devon Athenaeum, Barnstaple, D. Drake ms ‘MPs Barnstaple’, 29.
  • 2. J. B. Gribble, Barnstaple, 200-1; T. Wainwright, Barnstaple Recs. i. 158; ii. 225.
  • 3. Wainwright, i. 190, 206; ii. 28, 32; CPR, 1548-9, p. 363; 1549-51, p. 169; 1555-7, p. 391; E179/97/214; N. Devon Athenaeum, 1141; 1142; 3972, f. 50; D. Drake ms op. cit. 29.