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Served as Alderman. Walter Cotton, Mercer; 1409 [Present September 21, 1409, Acting Oct. 16, 1409, Acting May 14, 1415, Present Oct. 13, 1415]¹; (?) Removed to Castle Baynard. [Citations: ¹. H.R. 137 (8), 143 (15). LBI, f. 159. LBI, f. 83.] [In Note C (V.I, p. 135), Beaven adds: In my Note A on Castle Baynard Ward (p.97), I have given in detail the reasons which lead me to infer that Cotton was transferred from Cripplegate to that Ward. It should be noted, however, that in H.R. 144 (36), Cotton is represented as witnessing a deed relating to property in the parish of St. Alphege, which was in Cripplegate Ward, dated September 11, 1416, nearly nine months after his successor Aleyn is found acting as Alderman of the Ward. There is evidence that Aleyn was present as an Alderman on October 13, 1416 (Journal 1, f. 1. LBI, f. 183), which is an earlier date than that of Cotton's discharge, and it seems to me to be the natural inference that there is an error in the name of the Alderman of the Ward as recorded in H.R. 144 (36), similar errors being clearly demonstrable in some other instances. It is possible that Aleyn may have been prevented by illness or some other reason from acting in September, and that Cotton, as a former Alderman of the same Ward, may have acted for him. The entry in H.R. 144 (36), does not appear to me to be sufficient to outweigh the force of the evidence which, as I have shown in my notes on that Ward, seems to point to Cotton's removal to Castle Beynard in 1415.]

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