Henry Huttoft, brother of Thomas Huttoft, was a 16th century merchant known to have been active in the years 1506-1540. He was elected court bailiff in 1520, sheriff in 1521 and mayor in 1525 and 1534. He was appointed collector of customs in 1534. He was active in the sweet wine trade, particularly in partnership with his Italian son-in-law Antonio Guidotti who was married to his daughter Dorothy. He lived in St Michael’s parish, probably in Bugle Hall. He helped both Thomas Cromwell and Thomas Wriothesley on matters concerning the lands of dissolved religious houses, and he himself acquired an interest in the friary site in Southampton.
He had been one of the richest men in the town but was brought into financial difficulties by the debts of his son-in-law. He was replaced as collector of customs in 1540.
Medieval Southampton, by Colin Platt, p244-245. (HS/h)
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