Forsters and Fosters of Lincolnshire

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Forsters and Fosters of Lincolnshire, England


George Foster or Forster of Boston, co. Lincs. (b. bef. 1518 - d. 01 Oct 1573),

  • will proved 12 Oct 1573.[1]
m. Mildred, dau. of Adam Foster of Bourne, co. Lincs.

John Forster of Lincoln (fl. 1383)

  • Oct 1383: made bailiff-itinerant of Lincs. for loyal service to Edw III and the Black Prince during various military campaigns.[2]

John Foster of Wellingore, co. Lincs.[3]

  • third son of Thomas Foster & Alice.[3]
  • Inq. pm. 11 June 9 Chas I, c. 1634 Castle of Lincoln, co. Lincs.[3]
  • bros. & heir: Daniel Foster of Dowsby, co. Lincs. (b. c. 1616, age 18 on 11 Jun 1634 - d. age 66, bur. 20 Nov 1680 Dowsby).[3]

Thomas Forster II of Lincoln (fl. 1388 - 1412).[2]


  1. "George Foster was probably a native of Boston, but nothing is known of his ancestry.
    He can be readily distinguished from the George Forsters or Fosters of:
    • Essex,
    • Shropshire
    • and Yorkshire,
    • and from a namesake whose will was proved at Lincoln in 1568,
    • another of Horncastle who died in 1569,
    • and a third who died, probably an infant, at Boston in 1570,
    but less easily from:
    • a tenant at Coningsby in 1549
    • and another at Walcot in 1557.
    He may have been related to the Maud Foster (d.1581) whose name is commemorated in ‘Maud Foster’s Drain’, a drainage ditch at Boston first cut about 1568.
    He was perhaps the Cambridge student licensed in 1530/31 to graduate in civil law after five years of study, but if so he was also trained in the common law, for he appeared as an attorney at the Lincoln assizes in 1539 and five years later had a special admission to the Inner Temple. A knowledge of both civil and common law would certainly have helped him at Boston, where cases involving the law merchant were apt to arise."
    Bindoff, S.T. (1982). "Foster (Forster), George (by 1518-73), of Boston, Lincs.," in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558. HOP. Web.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "He was ... living in the city by Jan 1388, when he was convicted of the murder of a local man named Thomas Skipper. A royal pardon was, ..., accorded to him a few months later, thanks to the personal intervention of Robert, Lord Willoughby, before whom his case had been tried. Forster possessed a life interest in a messuage in the suburbs of Lincoln, the reversion of which was set aside in August 1392 for the maintenance of the fabric of the cathedral. He was ... on close terms with the wealthy merchant, Robert Sutton, for whom he stood surety in the court of Chancery in 1398, during the course of a property dispute. ... in Feb 1412 vicar of Corringham was pardoned ... for failure to appear in court when being sued by Forster and four associates for a debt of £40."
    Roskell, J.S., Clark, L. & Rawcliffe, C. (1993). "Forster, Thomas II, of Lincoln," in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421. HOP. Web.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Foster, W.E. (1907). Notes on the Foster Family of Dowsby and Moulton, Co. Lincoln, and Their Marriage Connections, p. 17. Google Books.

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