441 Morgan v Morgan

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Thomas Morgan of Penrhos, St Cadoc, Caerleon, co. Monmouth, gent v Rowland Morgan of Wolvesnewton, co. Monmouth

June - October 1635


Thomas Morgan complained that Rowland Morgan had said 'that he lied like a base fellow' at an alehouse in Llanfrechfa on 8 October 1634. Rowland maintained that Thomas owed him money to settle an earlier dispute between them and that he had been provoked by Thomas saying, 'Thou art a base fellow in sellinge thy blood'. Rowland was cited and attached on 9 June 1635 and presented his defence on 31 October; but no further proceedings survive.

Defendant's case

10/10/7, Defence

'There having been an injury offered to him by Thomas Morgan in that Thomas Morgan had stroken him and drawen blood of him, for which injury he either did or did intend to sue Rowland; but the matter beinge taken up betweene them by some friends, and by those friends it being ordered that Thomas should pay him a summe of money for his damage, interest and chardges'.

He was riding by an alehouse in Llanfrechfa mentioned in the libel on 8 October 1634 and Thomas Morgan's brother-in-law desired him 'to come up into the chamber to receive his money'. He went up, and 'Thomas said immediately *after the payment of the said money* unto him, Thou art a base fellow in sellinge thy blood, whereunto he replyed that he lyed like a base fellow.'

31 October 1635

No signatures.

Summary of proceedings

On 9 June 1635 Rowland Morgan of Wolvesnewton, co. Monmouth, was cited and attached to appear at the suit of Thomas Morgan of Penrhos, in the parish of St Cadoc, Caerleon, co. Monmouth.


Thomas Morgan of Lansoy (b. c.1611), Thomas Morgan of Llanrumney and Henry Morgan of Caerleon Usk were listed as J.P.s for co. Monmouth in the 1683 Visitation. By his second wife, Thomas Morgan of Llansoy fathered Henry Morgan of Caerleon (b.1644). Thomas Morgan of Penrhos was High Sheriff of Monmouthshire in 1680.

M. P. Siddons (ed.), Visitations by the Heralds in Wales (Publications of the Harleian Society, new series, 14, 1996), pp. 172-3, 214; J. Knight, Civil War and Restoration in Monmouthshire (Logaston Press, 2005), p. 174.


  • Defendant's case
    • Defence: 10/10/7 (31 Oct 1635)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: 8/24 (9 Jun 1635)

People mentioned in the case

  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Morgan, Henry
  • Morgan, Rowland
  • Morgan, Thomas, gent

Places mentioned in the case

  • Monmouthshire
    • Caerleon
    • Llanfrechfa
    • Llanrumney
    • Penrhos
    • St Cadoc
    • Usk
    • Wolvesnewton

Topics of the case

  • assault
  • denial of gentility
  • giving the lie
  • high sheriff
  • justice of the peace