Oxford History: Mayors & Lord Mayors


Henry Owen (fl. 1280)

Mayor of Oxford 1273/4, 1278/9, 1279/80, 1280/1, 1288/9, 1291/2, and 1292/3

Henry Owen (or Hewen / Owayn / Oweyn / Oyn) was the son of one Robert Owen and the grandson of another with that name. His great-grandfather, who was in Oxford by 1183, was known simply as Owen.

Owen was an Oxford vintner. He appears to have lived in All Saints parish (possibly on the site of 136 High Street). Anthony Wood notes:

The house of Widow Flexney belongs to All Saints parish church. Whether or noe that in Twyne XXII 336 of Henry Owayn; vide Twyne XXIII 542.

He was elected Bailiff in 1268, 1271, and 1272.

Henry Owen was elected Mayor of Oxford for the first time for 1273/4. Six years later he appears to have been elected Mayor three times running, forn 1278/9, 1279/80, and 1280/1.

In the pleas of the Crown before the Justices in Eyre on 14 January 1285, Owen 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 120 dolia (probably tuns).

Henry Owen was elected Mayor of Oxford another three times, for 1288/9, 1291/2, and 1292/3, making seven terms in all.

In 1293 a jury at a suit in the Exchequer declared that there was no truth in the allegations of John Log and Philip the Spicer that Owen and other former mayors had unjustly assessed tallages and misappropriated murage and other funds.

† Henry Owen died after 1293.

He had a sister, Clementia Owen, who gave to the nuns of Studley land behind Osney that she had inherited from Walter Borewald.

See also:

  • The Surnames of Oxfordshire, pp. 27–8

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Last updated: 22 September, 2018

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