BROMLEGH, alias BARBOUR, Thomas, of Hythe, Kent.

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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May 1421

Family and Education

s. of John Bromlegh of Great Chart. m. (1) bef. 1402, Alice, da. and h. of John Brodstrete of Hythe; (2) bef. 1418, Agnes.1

Offices Held

Jurat, Hythe Feb. 1401-3, 1408-9, 1413-15, 1417-22.2


Bromlegh held property in Hythe from 1389, and witnessed deeds there from 1397. The maltolts he paid show that he worked as a barber (as his alias suggests), but he also sold wood both for fuel and building, as well as regularly trading in other merchandise worth between £4 and £6 a year. In 1413-14 his income from rents amounted to 26s.8d., and by 1419-20 he had amassed chattels worth £12.3 In July 1418 he made an enfeoffment of his property, which included 54 acres of arable land at Newchurch and near Hythe.4

Before his only known election to Parliament, Bromlegh was occasionally employed on town business outside Hythe. At Wye, in October 1419, he was arrested with Alexander Appleford* and John Skinner IV* on charges trumped up by Thomas Newman of Burmarsh, with whom the jurats had long been at odds. And in the following month he went to Dover to hire guns for the men of Hythe to use in the King’s service.5

He died before 1430.6

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: A. P.M. Wright


  • 1. Hythe Reg. 1, ff. 15, 20; CP25(1)111/288/234.
  • 2. Hythe Reg. 1, ff. 20, 21, 23, 30, 31; jurats’ bk. C, f. 46; D, f. 39.
  • 3. HMC 6th Rep. 516; jurats’ bk. C, f. 62; D, f. 22.
  • 4. CP25(1)111/288/234.
  • 5. Jurats’ bk. D, ff. 45, 46.
  • 6. HMC 6th Rep. 521.