JORDAN, alias BLANCOMBE, John (by 1521-60/61), of Weymouth, Dorset.
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b. by 1521. m. Agnes, 2s., 1 other ch.2
Bailiff, Weymouth 1554-5, 1557-8.3
John Jordan alias Blancombe had begun trading through the port of Weymouth by 1542 but as he was returned for the borough before he had achieved the office of bailiff he may have been advantaged by an earlier connexion between his family and the Stourtons, a leading family in Dorset. Jordan was himself one of the bailiffs at the elections to the Parliaments of November 1554 and 1558. His trading activities included the import of Normandy canvas and glass in the 1550s and the export of horses, but he generally acted in association with others and was to style himself yeoman not merchant in his will. In 1560 he was indicted, apparently as the ringleader, for a riotous attack by Weymouth men on Melcombe Regis, doubtless an incident in the perennial dispute between the two towns over their shared haven. In a will proved on 1 Dec. 1561 Jordan left a house each to his two sons and one ‘now a building’ to an unborn child. His wife and executrix was to see to their schooling and upbringing until they were 24 years old. He named his brother Thomas Jordan an overseer.4