John Payne was a 15th century merchant known to have been active between 1428 and 1467. He traded in wine, cloth, iron and dyestuffs. He was elected sheriff in 1449 and mayor in 1450, 1451 and 1462. He was deposed from his last mayoralty in May 1463. He was leader of the anti-Italian faction in the town which bought him into conflict with Walter Fetplace and John Don, amongst others. After he was deposed from the mayoralty he moved to London and died there a very wealthy man in 1467.

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Further reading:
Medieval Southampton, by Colin Platt, p254-5. (HS/h)
Italian Merchants and Shipping in Southampton, by Alwyn Ruddock, p162-186. (HS/h)


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