John Bowes (speaker)

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John Bowes (c. 1383 – c. 1444)[1] was Speaker of the House of Commons of England between October 1435 and December 1435.[2]

He was the son of John Bowes of Costock, Nottinghamshire but raised as the ward of Sir Thomas Rempstone. He was trained as a lawyer and practised law in Nottinghamshire.[1]

In 1428 he was appointed Escheator for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. In 1429, 1432, 1435 and 1439 he was elected knight of the shire (MP) for Nottinghamshire,[citation needed] being elected Speaker of the House in October 1435.[2]

Thereafter he returned to the law and was appointed Recorder of London, serving as the MP for the city of London in 1442.[citation needed]

He died some time in 1444 and, Bowes having no children, his estate passed to his brother William.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Payling, S.J. (2004). "Bowes, John (c. 1383–1444), lawyer and speaker of the House of Commons". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/92981. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Parliamentary Information List: Briefing Paper 04637a - Speakers of the House of Commons" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 21 August 2015. p. 2. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 February 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Hunt
Speaker of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Sir John Tyrell