GRANGER, William (by 1491-1544/45), of Dover, Kent.

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 1491. m. Agnes.1

Offices Held

Serjeant, Dover 1518-19, chamberlain 1521-2, jurat 21 Oct. 1539-43 or later.2


A tallow-chandler by trade, William Granger first appears in the Dover records in 1511-12 and thereafter makes a modest showing until his election as jurat in 1539 and his return to Parliament three years later. He provided lodging for sailors in 1515, acted as juror to discover how many Scotsmen there were in Dover in 1522, was granted a house in Boureman ward at a rent of 2s.8d. a year (later offset against his parliamentary wages) in 1524, and was chosen by Robert Nethersole as an arbitrator in the dispute over Nethersole’s wage-bill after the Parliament of 1536. Elected a jurat in 1539, he served as an assessor for the town tax levied two years later. He represented Dover at the Brotherhoods of the Cinque Ports several times between 1516 and 1542. Returned to Parliament on 26 Dec. 1541, he received £8 in full payment at the statutory rate of 2s. a day for the 76 days of the first session, with an allowance of four days for travelling, but only £5 8s. for the 54 days—less than half its duration—he spent at the second, session. He was still at Dover (or had returned there) when he made his will on 12 Feb. 1544, nearly a month after the opening of the last session, and he may have died shortly afterwards, perhaps before the dissolution, although the will was not proved until 28 Mar. 1545. He left all his goods and lands to his wife.3

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: Patricia Hyde


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from first reference. Canterbury prob. reg. C19, ff. 62v-63.
  • 2. Cinque Ports White and Black Bks. (Kent Arch. Soc. recs. br. xix), 175, 177; Add. 29618, f. 144; Egerton 2093, ff. 169 seq.
  • 3. Add. 29618, ff. 53v, 97v, 108, 335v, 336, 354; Egerton 2093, ff. 40, 156, 169, 181, 199; S. P. H. Statham, Dover Chs. 335-7; Cinque Ports White and Black Bks. 161-229 passim; Canterbury prob. reg. C19, ff. 62v-63.