Oxford History: Mayors & Lord Mayors


Nicholas de Kingston

Mayor of Oxford 1262–1264, 1268/9, 1270–1278, 1281–1285

Nicholas de Kingston (or de Kingeston / de Kyngston) was Provost in 1245, and then Mayor for the first time in 1262. In all, he was chosen as Mayor fourteen times between 1262 and 1284.

Kingston was described as a vintner when he was elected Mayor in 1264, but in 1275 was employing weavers, indicating that he dealt in both cloth and wine.

Kingston had two daughters: Joan, who married John de Eu, and Alice, who married Nicholas of Coleshill.

In the pleas of the Crown before the Justices in Eyre on 14 January 1285, Kingston was named as one of the nine vintners who had broken the assize of wine. He was given a fine or amercement (misericordia) for selling 300 dolia (probably tuns).

It appears that Kingston may have died in 1285 before completing his final year of office.








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Last updated: 13 September, 2012

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