11 Asheton v Heskett

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Edward Asheton, gent v Henry Heskett

No date


Asheton complained that he had suffered 'slanderous defamations' from Heskett, which he had been forced to disprove at the quarter sessions. He claimed that Heskett had been fined £500 by the Duchy of Lancaster court, but had refused to make any payment. Asheton petitioned that Heskett should answer for his wrongs before the Earl Marshal; but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

EM265, Petition

'There having been sondrie suits, betweene your petitioner and one Henry Heskett, who albeit he by his indirect courses and subtill practices hath much prejudiced your petitioner therein, yet not therewith contented, hath both by slanderous defamations impaired his good name, and upon mere spleene indited your petitioner and two others at a private sessions (to your supplicant's great loss and hindrance), which your supplicant disproved in open court at the quarter sessions. And having obtained an order against Heskett, for the peaceable enjoyment of lands and payment of money, upon whome a penaltie of 500li was imposed by his Majestie's Court of the Dutchie for the performance of the order, which notwithstanding he never did, and yet denies to make any payment of the moneyes.

Your supplicant having a charge of children, and being not able any longer to contend in law with soe powerful an adversarie, that respects neither law, order, word, frendship, nor honestie, most humbly beseecheth your honor wilbe favourablie pleased to grant warrant for Heskett's appearance before your honor, that your petitioner may have such satisfaction for his many wrongs received (in repair of his credit) as your honor in your grave wisdom shall think fitt.

And he shall ever pray for your honor's long and happie life.'

No date.


Edward Ashton may have been the son of Edmund Ashton of Chadderton, co. Lancaster, esq, but this Edward had died unmarried by 1664. Henry Heskett may have been Henry Hesketh, the third son of Robert Hesketh of Hesketh, co. Lancaster, esq (d.1620). This Henry had died without issue by 1664.

F. R. Raines (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Lancashire made in the year 1664-5 by Sir William Dugdale (Chetham Society, 84 and 85, 1872), part 1, p. 18; part 2, p. 135.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: EM265 (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Ashton, Edmund, esq
  • Asheton, Edward (also Ashton, Assheton)
  • Hesketh, Robert, esq
  • Heskett, Henry (also Hesketh)
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey

Places mentioned in the case

  • Lancashire
    • Chadderton
    • Hesketh

Topics of the case

  • other courts
  • quarter sessions