TAYLARD, John (by 1469-1528), of Upwood, Hunts.

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

b. by 1469, yr. s. of William Taylard (d.1505) of Diddington by Elizabeth, da. of John Anstey of Stow cum Quy, Cambs. educ. I. Temple. m. Alice, d.s.p.2

Offices Held

J.p. Hunts. 1506-14; commr. subsidy 1512, 1515; other commissions 1508-13; escheator, Cambs. and Hunts. 1513-14.3


John Taylard, a nephew of William Alington, Speaker in 1478, was the third of his family to serve as knight for Huntingdonshire. His own return is revealed by a plea of debt brought before the Exchequer in 1511 by which his fellow-knight John Wynde accused the ex-sheriff of delay in paying their wages of £8 each: he could also have sat in one or more of the next three Parliaments, for which the names of the Huntingdonshire knights are unknown. He had apparently followed the family tradition by training for the law but the only record of his attendance at the Inner Temple is his relinquishment of membership there in 1510. In 1490 he shared with three of his brothers in a grant of the manors of Clairvaux and Denes in Upwood from their brother-in-law Gerard Stuckley and was then described as John Taylard the younger to distinguish him from his uncle of Potton, Bedfordshire, who was to die in 1506. The Upwood manors passed into Taylard’s hands and for the subsidy of 1524 he was assessed there on lands, goods and chattels at the substantial sum of £60.4

By his will of 10 Sept. 1528 Taylard left his wife for life his lands in Hail Weston, Huntingdonshire, according to his father’s will, as well as three tenements in St. Ives. He named his wife, his brother Dr. William Taylard and Anthony Mallory executors and the will was proved on the following 2 Oct. His heir was his nephew Lawrence Taylard.5

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: M. K. Dale


  • 1. E13/187, m. 30.
  • 2. Date of birth estimated from first reference. Vis. Hunts. (Cam. Soc. xliii), 88-90; The Gen. n.s. xix. 160.
  • 3. CPR, 1494-1509, pp. 507, 581, 644; LP Hen. VIII, i; Statutes, iii. 82, 175.
  • 4. VCH Hunts. ii. 240; CIPM Hen. VII, iii. 890; E179/122/91.
  • 5. Hunts. RO, Huntingdon archdeaconry wills 3, ff. 58-60; C142/50/160.