SALTERN, William (d. by Feb. 1589), of Bristol, Glos.

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

m. Elizabeth, da. of George Snigge, merchant and (1574) mayor of Bristol, 3s. 1da.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Bristol 1574; deputy, Bristol branch, Spanish Co. by 1583.


Saltern traded with Spain and Portugal. In August 1577 he and three other Bristol merchants, including Thomas Aldworth II, were instructed by the Privy Council to require all men of Bristol ‘as are retailers and artificers trading with Spain, to forbear any more to traffic in that country’. Saltern was a supporter of a proposed voyage to America in 1583. In 1588 he was elected to serve in the following Parliament, but died before it met, his replacement being elected on 3 Feb. 1589.

Vis. Som. ed. Weaver, 130; Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. Trans. xix. 135; P. McGrath, Bristol Merchant Venturers, 20-1; APC, x. 16; R. Hakluyt, Principal Navigations (1904), viii. 133-4.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: J.C.H.


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.