GAUNTE, Nicholas (d.1607), of Cambridge.
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Mayor, Cambridge 1588-9.
Little has been discovered about Gaunte, who received wages of 4s. a day as MP for Cambridge. Even his calling is unknown, though he was presumably a merchant. The first mention of him in the town accounts is a payment of 3s.4d. in 1572, when he took fish to Lord North. While mayor, in 1589, Gaunte consented to the granting of a charter to Cambridge University. Regarding this as a betrayal, the corporation deprived him of his position as alderman and he ‘lived the remainder of his life in great want and misery and hateful to all the townsmen’. He was buried 30 Jan. 1607 at St. Clement’s, Cambridge.
C. H. Cooper, Cambridge Annals, ii. 475, 476; Downing Coll. Camb. Bowtell mss; J. M. Gray, Notes on Cambridge Mayors, 30.