BOYTON, alias BOWER, William, of Salisbury Wilts.

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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Reeve, Salisbury 1 Nov. 1409-10.1


William Boyton is first heard of in July 1400, when he was a beneficiary of the will of his kinsman Thomas Boyton† (MP for Salisbury in 1378) by whom he was left two tenements, three shops in the wool-market of the city, a suit of armour and ‘omnes libros meos et statuta legis’. Two years later he and William Lorde, the town clerk, received 14s.4d. expenses for an official visit to the house of William Stourton*, near Devizes.2 On 16 Sept. 1403 he secured a royal pardon for his part in the death of John Weston at Salisbury. John Wallop*, a fellow citizen, subsequently made him an executor. Our Member died before June 1423, when the performance of Thomas Boyton’s will was finally completed with a conveyance of property to William’s son John.3

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: Charles Kightly


  • 1. He was present at meetings of the convocation of Salisbury during this year but not, apparently, at any other time: Salisbury RO, ledger bk. A, f. 34; ‘Domesday bk.’ 2, f. 92.
  • 2. ‘Domesday bk.’ 2, f. 30; ledger bk. A, f. 17.
  • 3. CPR, 1401-5, p. 265; PCC 9 Marche; CCR, 1422-9, p. 206.