CHUBBE, Matthew (d.1617), of Dorchester, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

1st s. of John Chubbe of Misterton, Som. by Joan, da. of Henry Corbin of Dorchester. m. (1) Margaret, da. of John Budden, s.p.; (2) Margaret, da. of Alexander Buckler of Woolcombe, s.p.1

Offices Held

Steward, Dorchester 1583-4, constable 1589, 1594, bailiff 1588-1610.2


Chubbe was a leading burgess of Dorchester, where he witnessed the herald’s visitation in 1565. His name occurs in several local leases and charters. He travelled to Canterbury and London on behalf of the town, and brought two Star Chamber cases against William Adyn and others in the matter of the town’s suit over the parsonage of Frome, which was intended to provide income for a school and almshouse and to augment a minister’s stipend. Chubbe was rated at £50 for the 1589 loan, and founded almshouses in Crewkerne and Shaftesbury. After a fire at Dorchester in 1613, he and Richard Blackford, both capital burgesses in the new 1610 Dorchester charter, collaborated in the launching of a national appeal to alleviate the distress, and supervised the collection and distribution of the proceeds. Chubbe is said to have distributed £1,000 from his own pocket to those who had suffered loss. His will, dated 21 June 1617, was proved on 15 July the same year. He made provision for an almshouse in Dorchester, erected in 1620, and he left bequests to the two he had previously founded. His ‘dear and loving wife Margaret’ was sole executrix and residuary legatee.3

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: P. W. Hasler


  • 1. Vis. Dorset (Harl. Soc. xx), 24; Hutchins, Dorset, ii. 370; Vis. Dorset Add. ed. Colby and Rylands, 16; Roberts thesis; Som. and Dorset N. and Q. xxviii. 231.
  • 2. Dorchester accts. bk. 1583; Oct. 1589; Mich. 1594; Dorchester Recs. 479.
  • 3. Hutchins, Dorset, ii. 340, 356, 370, 378; Dorchester Recs. 41, 364-5, 479, 705; C. Hill, Econ. Problems of the Church, 293; CSP Dom. 1581-90, p. 594; PCC 74 Weldon.