NIGHTINGALE, John, of Wigston and Leicester.

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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Dec. 1421

Family and Education

s. of John Nightingale of Braunston and Daventry, Northants.

Offices Held

Bailiff, Leicester Mich. 1430-1.1


Nightingale, who witnessed the borough elections to the Parliaments of 1426 and 1432, owned two cottages in Leicester and a messuage and other property in the suburb of Wigston. His family came from Braunston in Northamptonshire, where he retained land until 1431. It was perhaps he who in 1437 obtained the office of keeper of the park of King’s Cliffe in the royal forest of Rockingham, on the Northamptonshire-Leicestershire border, and was still occupying it in 1442.2

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: Charles Kightly


Probably not to be identified with John Nightingale, yeoman of the royal household c.1405-1414.

  • 1. Wyggeston Hosp. Recs. ed. Thompson, no. 598.
  • 2. C219/13/4, 14/3; Leicester Bor. Recs. ed. Bateson, ii. 414; Wyggeston Hosp. Recs. nos. 983-5, 1004, 1006; CAD, iv. A6208, 8256; CPR, 1436-41, p. 67; 1441-6, p. 43.