Oxford History: Mayors & Lord Mayors


Nicholas de Kingston (d. 1285)

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

Nicholas de Kingston (or de Kingeston / de Kyngston) was Provost in 1245.

He was elected Mayor of Oxford for the first time for 1262/3, continuing to serve in 1263/4.

He wasdescribed as a vintner in 1264, but in 1275 was employing weavers, indicating that he dealt in both cloth and wine.

He was chosen as Mayor of Oxford another thirteen times between 1262 and 1284.

He had two daughters: Joan Kingston, who married John de Eu (probably the Mayor that name) and Alice Kingston, who married Nicholas of Coleshill, possibly the son of John Coleshill, another Mayor.

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).

† Nicholas de Kingston appears to have died in 1285 before completing his final year of office.







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Last updated: 22 September, 2018

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