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518 Piggot v Robinson

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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518 PIGGOT V ROBINSON

Thomas Piggot of West Aston, co. Chester, gent v Thomas Robinson of the same, husbandman

November - December 1640

Abstract

Piggot complained that Robinson called him 'rogue and rascall', spat in his face and dared Piggot to strike him several times in the presence of several people. Process was granted on 20 November 1640, but the case was lost with the suspension of the

court's proceedings in December.

Initial proceedings

5/166, Petition

'Your petitioner hath been most insufferably abused by the scandalous and malevolent speeches of one Thomas Robinson, a man of meane condition, who without any cause or just occacon fell in railing termes against the petitioner and in the presence of divers persons called him rogue and rascall, and spit in your petitioner's face, and dared the petitioner to strike him divers times (as by the affidavit annexed appear). Now forasmuch as these provocations have been a great disparidgment to your petitioner in his countrye, hee being a gentleman and there so esteemed.'

Petitioned that Robinson be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process, 20 November 1640.

5/164, Plaintiff's bond

24 November 1640

Bond to 'appear in the court in the painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by Thomas Piggot.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of John Dynham and John Longland.

5/181, Defendant's bond

8 December 1640

Bound to 'appear in the court in the painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by Thomas Robinson [his mark]

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of John Watson.

Notes

No Thomas Piggot of West Aston appears in the Cheshire Visitations of 1613 or 1663, but a Thomas Piggot was head constable of Macclesfield hundred during the civil war.

G. J. Armytage and J. P. Rylands (ed.), Pedigrees made at the Visitation of Cheshire, 1613 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 59, 1909); A. Adams (ed.), Cheshire Visitation Pedigrees, 1663 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 93, 1941); J. Morrill, Cheshire, 1630-1660: County Government and Society during the English Revolution (Oxford, 1974), p. 60.

Documents

  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 5/166 (20 Nov 1640)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 5/164 (24 Nov 1640)
    • Defendant's bond: 5/181 (8 Dec 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Dynham, John
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Longland, John
  • Piggot, Thomas, gent (also Piggott)
  • Robinson, Thomas, husbandman
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Cheshire
    • Macclesfield Hundred
    • West Aston
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • civil war
  • constable
  • office-holding
  • spitting