Thomas Somerset (MP for Oxford)

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Thomas Somerset or Pophull (fl. 1379–1393, died between 1396 and 1399) was an English politician and draper. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]



Somerset lived in St. Martin’s parish, near Carfax, Oxford, with his wife, Helen, and their one son. Helen died in 1399. Somerset was last recorded in 1396. There is no record of their son after their deaths.

Carfax, Oxford Crossroads; central area of Oxford in England

Carfax is at the junction of St Aldate's (south), Cornmarket Street (north), Queen Street (west) and the High Street (east) in Oxford, England. It is considered to be the centre of the city, and is at 51.752°N 1.258°W. The name "Carfax" derives from the Latin "quadrifurcus" via the French "carrefour", both of which mean "crossroads".


He was a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Oxford in 1379 and February 1388. He was Mayor of Oxford in 1392–93. [7]

Parliament of England historic legislature of the Kingdom of England

The Parliament of England was the legislature of the Kingdom of England, existing from the early 13th century until 1707, when it merged with the Parliament of Scotland to become the Parliament of Great Britain after the political union of England and Scotland created the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Oxford was a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom. It comprised the city of Oxford in the county of Oxfordshire, and elected two members of parliament from its creation in 1295 until 1885 when its representation was reduced to one member by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885.

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  1. Oxf. Hist. Soc. xviii. 25; Bodl. Twyne ms 23, f. 630.
  2. Oxf. Hist. Soc. xxxvii. 17-19; lxvi. no. 735; xc. no. 770.
  3. Oxf. Hist. Soc. xviii. 25; Liber Albus Oxoniensis ed. Ellis, no. 175; CCR, 1377-81, p. 51; CPR, 1377-81, p. 304.
  4. Cal. Letter Bk. London, H, 398-9; Twyne ms 4, f. 203.
  5. Oxf. Hist. Soc. lxix. 183; xc. no. 511; xci. 178, 184; (ser. 2), xiv. 3-4, 14-17; xx. 6.
  6. Twyne ms 23, f. 630; Oxf. Hist. Soc. lxix. 250.