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William Gaskryke, of Killingholme, Tax Collector of Lindsey

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Date: 1381 to 1447
Location: Lindsey, Lincolnshire, Englandmap
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William Gaskryk, of Killingholme

Tax Collector, Lindsay, Lincolnshire, England[1][2]
born abt-1402, Lincolnshire, England[3]
died aft Jul-1446, Lincolnshire, England[4]



William Gaskrike [sic] was a Tax Collector of Linsdey, Lincolnshire, as were his two brothers, John and Edmund, and probably his father, William had connections with the Exchequer. We dont know, but his grandfather, also William, was an Escheator in Lincolnshire.

Easily conflated with father William, who has many citations.

26-May-1421, Purton, Wiltshire, England[5]

Release by Edmund Gascryk, of the co. Lincoln, esquire, to Edmund Daunteseye, Esq. & Nicholas Wotton: all rights to manor 'Gascryk' in Puryton, Wiltshire {snip} descended to him after the death of William Gascrik, his father {snip}

3-Jun-1445, Lindsey, Lincolnshire, England[1]

Commission to collect 1/10th & 1/15 from all persons including ecclesiastical, in the town of Lyndesey, co. Lincoln. William Gaskryke of Kelyngholme {snipped & paraphrased}

16-Jul-1446, Lindsey, Lincolnshire, England[2]

Commission to collect 10ths & 15ths: William Gaskrike of Kelyngholme in parts of Lyndesay, co. Lincoln.

Research Notes

Re: Why not his father? Why does this William exist as distinct?

We know from this William's brother, that bef 1421, his father is dead.[5]
See also 'Re: Birth Date'

Huge Conflation risk in these 'thar parts.

See Morphology Set #3: 'of Lincolnshire'

To Do

Pre-1500 evidenciary logic

Re: Birth date
Re: 1445 citation[1], William is 'of age' (17-21), collecting taxes (1445-18=b bef1427), and we must establish upper as well as lower bounds. He would not be collecting taxes if he was over 55yrs of age. An age above the median suggests conflation. (1445-55=b aft1390)
Range: 1390 to 1427, with a median of +/-19yrs, suggesting b. abt 1409

Re: Birth location
Since his family is originally of Killingholme manor, then Killingholme, it is no surprise this William is 'of Killingholme' when referenced both times.

Re: Marriage date
He may never have married. We dont know.

Re: Death date
We only know that he died aft the last reference Jul-1446. He died after Jul-1446

Re: Death location
With so little info, we assume he died in Lincolnshire. We have no evidence he ever lived elsewhere.

Re: Parentage
  • He is one of three Gaskryk children who all held roles in Lindsay within a few years, as Tax Collectors
  • He shares his father's given name and likely his father was also of the exchequer.

Re: Offspring
No offspring known.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Calendar of the Fine Rolls: Volume 17 - Henry VI (1437-1445)" Hathitrust.org (accessed[14-Oct-2021]), Entry for William Gaskrike, 3 Jun 1445, Lindsay, Lincolnshire, pg331, membrane 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Calendar of the Fine Rolls: Volume 18 - Henry VI (1445-1452)" Hathitrust.org (accessed[14-Oct-2021]), Entry for William Gaskrike, 16 Jul 1446, Lindsay, Lincolnshire, pg39, membrane 5
  3. Evidentiary Logic: See 'Re: Birth Date (below Research Notes)
  4. Evidentiary Logic: See 'Re: Death Date (below Research Notes)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "A descriptive catalogue of ancient deeds in the Public Record Office: Vol. 3 / prepared under the superintendence of the Deputy Keeper of Records.", Great Britain. (1900). London: Printed for Her Majesty's Stationery Office by Eyre and Spottiswoode. Books.Google.com, Page 314, 26 May 1421, Purton, Wiltshire, Ref: C2969


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