JENKINSON, Thomas (by 1527-54 or later), of Leicester.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Apr. 1554

Family and Education

b. by 1527.1

Offices Held

Chamberlain, Leicester 1548-9, auditor, east quarter 1552-3.2


Thomas Jenkinson was a Leicester mercer. His admission to the freedom of the borough during 1547-8 suggests that he was not the Mr. Jenkinson employed in 1540 to deliver a petition against ‘foreigners’ trading there; an apparently prosperous William Jenkinson was living at Market Harborough in 1550. In 1544 the chamberlains’ accounts record a payment of £2 4s.10d. to Thomas Jenkinson for his work in the town’s suit over Beaumont Leys, as well as one of £3 8s. for his parliamentary service at a rate of 2s. a day. He may have been of greater local importance than these scanty records suggest as he was returned after the only electoral contest known in the borough, when the defeated candidates were Hugh Aston and William Manby, a former and a future mayor. Nothing further is known of Jenkinson.3

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: S. M. Thorpe


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from admission as freeman.
  • 2. Leicester Recs. ed. Bateson, iii. 463, 473.
  • 3. Nichols, Leics. ii(1), 395; Leicester Freemen, ed. Hartopp, 71; Leicester Recs. iii. 44, 77, 79; VCH Leics. v. 135.