FUELL (FEWELL), John (by 1523-73/75), of Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Oct. 1553

Family and Education

b. by 1523. m. Elizabeth.1

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John Fuell was a Shaftesbury chapman who is first glimpsed when in 1539 he was entered in the book of musters as an archer. In 1545 he was assessed at 10s. towards the benevolence. He occupied a cellar, two rooms and a shop in the town as tenant of the chantry of Marnhull and, after 1549, of the new lay owners until at least 1573. His return to the first Parliament of Mary’s reign with another Shastonian, John Gapputh, occurred while neither the Arundells nor the Herberts were able to influence elections there, and was probably the only occasion in the century when Shaftesbury was free to choose its Members without outside interference. In 1557 Fuell sued out a pardon for outlawry incurred in failing to appear in court to answer to a London salter for a debt of 40s.In the same year he was one of the trustees appointed to hold property in Shaftesbury to maintain the obits of a former rector and other local men. He died intestate and on 27 Jan. 1575 administration of his estate was granted to his widow (who had evidently remarried) Elizabeth Temple alias Fuell.2

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: Helen Miller


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from first reference. PCC Admins. ed. Glencross, ii. 47.
  • 2. E36/29, p. 100; 179/104/163; CPR, 1548-9, p. 308; 1557-8, p. 347; C. H. Mayo, Shastonian Recs. 82; Pembroke Survey (Roxburghe Club cliv), 488, 510; PCC Admins. ii. 47.