Re: John Walcot, Lord Mayor of London 140
I have found additional evidence to make me rethink this.
Ralph de Walcote, draper and merchant, was admitted a freeman of the City of London in 1310 and served in Parliament in 1315.He traveled to France on trading ventures and provided wool cloth for the royal family.His will proved in 1318 states that he had a house and land in St. Lawrence, Candlestick which he left to Robert Lovett of Liscombe and son Thomas Lovett.He also left 20 pounds to his son John, to be used for a chantry if John died before age 21, probably indicating John was born about 1310 and was probably sickly.Sir John de Poultney, c.1305-1350, four times Lord Mayor of London, established a chantry in the church of St. Lawrence, Candlestick, to pray for the souls of his family and for Ralph de Walcote.
"The History of Parliament", 1993, says of John Walcott, the Mayor of London: "The first reference which can be attributed to this MP with any degree of certainty occurs in November 1364, when, as John Walcote junior, he was summoned to attend the husting court of London as a juror for Candlewick Street Ward. A John Walcote, draper of London, who was presumably his father, had also served on a jury there some two years before, but since the elder Walcote's date of death remains unknown, it is not always possible to distinguish between them."
It seems likely that John was Ralph's grandson.