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William Goode (c.1581–1639)

Mayor of Oxford 1628/9

William Goode (or Goude) was born in Oxford in c.1581. He was the eldest son of the chandler Alderman Richard Goode (Mayor in 1601/2 and 1606/7).

On 6 November 1602 William Goode was admitted free for a gilt penny paid by his father, and he too set up business as a chandler.

Goode was elected on to the Common Council in October 1609, and in May 1610 was one of a group of councillors fined 4d each for coming to a council meeting without their gowns. In December 1610 the Mayor, William Potter, requested that Goode should have a Bailiff’s place “instead of a freeman, which the Mayor might make for a guylt penny”.

Goode’s apprentices Martin Bedwell and Robert Harris were admitted free in September 1615 and September 1622 respectively.

On 19 August 1605 at All Saints’ Church, William Goode married Joan Dodwell, and they had the following children:

  • Richard Goode (baptised on 28 February 1612/13 at All Saints’ Church)
  • Mary Goode (baptised on 16 April 1619 at All Saints’ Church)
  • John Goode (baptised on 30 August 1622 at All Saints’ Church)
  • William Goode.

On 21 November 1627 Goode was elected one of the Mayor’s eight Assistants in place of William Boswell, who had been promoted to Alderman in place of Alderman Harris. Harris was, however, restored to his position by a King’s Bench Order, which meant that Boswell and Goode were demoted. They did not have to wait long to be reinstated, however, as Harris died the following May, and in September 1628 William Goode was elected Mayor of Oxford (for 1628/9). He awarded John Hawkes a Bailiff’s place as his Child.

In March 1630 Goode lost to Bosworth in an election to an Aldermanship. He was appointed money-master in October 1630, and was finally elected an Alderman for the South-West ward in March 1636. In 1637 he was awarded a lease of the tenement on the site of 36–38 Church Street that his father had held since 1585.

On 8 June 1638 his son John Goode (15) was matriculated at the University of Oxford by Balliol College.

† Alderman William Goode died in late 1639 and was buried at All Saints’ Church on 5 December that year.

His wife Joan Goode was buried with him on 13 August 1643.

William Goode’s children
  • Richard Goode (eldest son) became a chandler, and came on to the council himself in 1644. According to Wood, he was buried next to his father on 21 November 1673. Richard’s son Thomas Goode became a fellow of Balliol College.
  • John Goode (second son) became a Fellow of Balliol College and died without issue on 26 February 1675/6 aged 52. He is buried in the college chapel
  • William Goode (third son) became town clerk of Oxford and died a bachelor in December 1662.

See also:

  • Richard Goode (Mayor 1601/2 and 1606/7 (his father)
  • H. E. Salter, Surveys and Tokens pp. 403–4 for more on his won Richard Goode
  • Clark, Andrew (ed.), The Life and Times of Anthony Wood, Antiquary, of Oxford, 1632–1695, Described by Himself: five volumes, including index (Oxford, 1891, reprinted for the Oxford Historical Society in 1992 by Antony Rowe Ltd), Vol II, pp. 339-40 (death of John Goode of Balliol College, William’s son, including a short family tree)
  • PCC Will PROB 11/182/111 (Will of William Good, Alderman of Oxford, proved 29 January 1640)

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Last updated: 3 September, 2019

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