Introductory Notes on Maidstone Charters

First Charter granted by Edward VI on 4 July 1548

Second Charter December 1559 granted by Queen Elizabeth

Third Charter granted by King James 31 December 1604.  This Charter did not give satisfaction and a few years afterwards one more "in accordance with the wishes and expectations of the Corporation was obtained.

Fourth Charter granted 12 July 1619.  Mayor, Recorders and two of the senior Jurates were to be Justices of the Peace, Mayor also to act as Coroner.

Fifth Charter, dated 26 October 1682.  Mayor, Aldermen and Common Council being applied for the first time, to Maidstone.

New and Sixth Charter granted 17 June 1747. Mayor to be elected annually on 2 November.  Jurats (12) to continue in office during their natural life unless otherwise removed for misgovernment, misdemeanour or other reasonable cause.  Common Councilmen (40) also to continue in office during their natural life unless otherwise removed for misgovernment, misdemeanour or other reasonable cause. In the event of a vacancy of Jurat another was to be chosen by the remaining Mayor, Jurates and Common Council out of the common councilmen.  In the event of a vacancy of a common councilman then his replacement was to be chosen out of the remaining principal inhabitants of the borough.


SURNAME
GIVEN NAME
TITLE
WHEN APPOINTED
Adams John Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Alexander John Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Almon Richard Jurat 1548 - 4 July, First Charter granted by Edward VI
Argles Edward Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Argles Thomas Jurat 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Austen Nicholas Jurat 1559 - Second Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth
Banks John Jurat 1619 - 12 July, Fourth Charter
Barnes John Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Basse Richard Jurat 1548 - 4 July, First Charter granted by Edward VI
Baxter James Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Baytop Thomas Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Beale Ambrose Jurat 1619 - 12 July, Fourth Charter
Beale Thomas Jurat 1559 - Second Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth
Bensted Thomas Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Beret JaMes Jurat 1548 - 4 July, First Charter granted by Edward VI
Bliss Thomas Alderman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Borman William Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Brook Robert, Sr. Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Broomfield Thomas Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Busbridge James Jurat 1559 - Second Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth
Callant Garret Alderman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Carey John Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Catlet James Jurat 1559 - Second Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth
Chaundler Matthew Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Collett William Jurat 1559 - Second Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth
Crump John Jurat 1619 - 12 July, Fourth Charter
Curteis George Jurat 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Cutis Francis Alderman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Davis William Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Dendley John Jurat 1548 - 4 July, First Charter granted by Edward VI
Duke Richard Jurat 1619 - 12 July, Fourth Charter
Duning John Alderman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Ellis Edward Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Ellis Samuel, Sr. Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Fisher Walter Jurat 1604 - 31 Dec, Third Charter granted by King James
Fisher Walter Mayor, JP and also to act as Coroner 1619 - 12 July, Fourth Charter
Foster William Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Fowle Sarah Alderman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Fowle Stephen Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Franklyn James Jurat 1604 - 31 Dec, Third Charter granted by King James
Fremlyn John Jurat 1604 - 31 Dec, Third Charter granted by King James
Goffe Stephen Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Goldwell Simon Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Gore Thomas Jurat 1548 - 4 July, First Charter granted by Edward VI
Gore Thomas Jurat 1559 - Second Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth
Gosselyn Robert Jurat 1548 - 4 July, First Charter granted by Edward VI
Green Gabriel Jurat 1604 - 31 Dec, Third Charter granted by King James
Green Gabriel Jurat 1619 - 12 July, Fourth Charter
Green John Jurat 1604 - 31 Dec, Third Charter granted by King James
Green William Jurat 1548 - 4 July, First Charter granted by Edward VI
Green William Mayor and coroner 1559 - Second Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth
Greenell John Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Grenville Thomas Jurat 1604 - 31 Dec, Third Charter granted by King James
Hammond John Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Harris John Jurat 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Harris Robert Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Harris Thomas Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Hassell Thomas Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Heeley Richard Mayor also appointed Clerk of Weekly Market: 1548 - 4 July, First Charter granted by Edward VI
Heeley Richard Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Heeley Stephen Jurat 1604 - 31 Dec, Third Charter granted by King James
Heeley Stephen Jurat 1619 - 12 July, Fourth Charter
Highwood Richard Jurat 1604 - 31 Dec, Third Charter granted by King James
Hodges George Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Hooker Richard Jurat 1548 - 4 July, First Charter granted by Edward VI
Hooker Richard Jurat 1559 - Second Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth
Hope Daniel Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Hope Thomas Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Horsepool William Jurat 1619 - 12 July, Fourth Charter
Howe John Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Hunter Edward Mayor 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Illden Shadrack Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Ippenbury Ambrose Jurat 1559 - Second Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth
Ippinbury John Jurat 1548 - 4 July, First Charter granted by Edward VI
Jefferys Henry Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Knatchbull Thomas Jurat 1619 - 12 July, Fourth Charter
Lane Josiah Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Lawes John Alderman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Lutwick Clement Jurat 1559 - Second Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth
Manby George Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Manser William Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Maplesden Edward Jurat 1619 - 12 July, Fourth Charter
Maplesden Edward Mayor 1604 - 31 Dec, Third Charter granted by King James
Maplesden Peter Jurat 1548 - 4 July, First Charter granted by Edward VI
Maplesden Richard Jurat 1604 - 31 Dec, Third Charter granted by King James
Marshall Thomas Alderman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Mason John Jurat 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
May George Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Mowseherste William Jurat 1559 - Second Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth
Mussery Richard Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Mussery Richard Jurat 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Newington John Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Nightingale Thomas Jurat 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Osborne Alexander Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Osborne Stephen Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Page Stephen Jurat 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Panghorne Robert Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Peirce George Alderman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Peirce John Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Pine Robert Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Plomer William Jurat 1604 - 31 Dec, Third Charter granted by King James
Polhill David Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Pope John Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Pope Thomas, Jr. Jurat 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Prentis Stephen Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Purlis William Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Rawlings John Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Rawlings Nicholas Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Reader John Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Reve William Jurat 1548 - 4 July, First Charter granted by Edward VI
Rhode Thomas Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Rogers John Jurat 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Romney John Jurat 1604 - 31 Dec, Third Charter granted by King James
Rudkin John Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Russell William Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Russell William Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Salmon Robert Alderman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Saunders Robert Mayor 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Shepherd Richard Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Smalwell Joseph Jurat 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Smyth William Jurat 1559 - Second Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth
Stacey William Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Stevenson Samuel, Jr. Jurat 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Stevenson Samuel, Sr. Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Swinnock Thomas Jurat 1604 - 31 Dec, Third Charter granted by King James
Swinnock Thomas Jurat 1619 - 12 July, Fourth Charter
Tilden William Jurat 1548 - 4 July, First Charter granted by Edward VI
Tilden William Jurat 1559 - Second Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth
Tonge John Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Turner William Horsmonden Recorder 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter. (Turner had been twice married 1st on May 25 1725 to Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Bliss; and secondly, in 1745 to Elizabeth Read, of Gravesend. He died 1753, buried at Maidstone.)
Viney John Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Walker George Alderman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Wattell Richard Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Webb George Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Weeks Walter Common Councilman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Weldish Jonathan Jurat 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Weldish William Alderman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Wildes Thomas, Jr. Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Wildes Thomas, Sr. Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter
Wood Samuel Alderman 1682 - 26 Oct, Fifth Charter
Wottall Richard, Jr. Common Councilman 1747 - 17 June, New and Sixth Charter

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