707 Whiting v Parker

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Nathaniel Whiting of Leicester, gent v Thomas Parker of Markfield, co. Leicester, yeoman, Robert Sikes, of the same, dyer, and Thomas Bunckley of Thornton, co. Leicester, yeoman

May - June 1640


Whiting complained that within the last twelve monthsParker, Sikes and Bunckley had called him 'scurvie base fellow and noe gentleman, with other opprobrious termes.' Process was granted on 12 May 1640, and Whiting and Parker entered their bonds in June; but nothing further survives.

Initial proceedings

5/36, Petition

'The petitioner is a gent of blood and armes. and that Thomas Parker, yeoman, and Robert Sikes, dyer, of Markefield in the countie of Leicester and Thomas Bunckley, yeoman, of the parish of Thorneton in the countie, did within twelve moneths last past very much vilifie the petitioner and said that he was a scurvie base fellow and noe gentleman with other opprobrious termes, the petitioner giving them noe provocation. and the said parties did by using the said injurious language provoke the petitioner to duell, as much as they could.'

Prays for process which Maltravers granted on 12 May 1640.

5/35, Plaintiff's bond

No date, 1640

Bound to 'appear in the court in the painted chamber within the Palace of Westminster'.

Signed by Nathaniel Whyting.

Sealed signed and delivered in the presence of John Watson.

5/87 Defendant's bond

17 June 1640

That he was to 'appear in the Court in the Painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by Thomas Parker.

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


Nathaniel Whiting of Desford, co. Leicester, appeared in the 1619 Visitation as the third son of Giles Whiting of Etton, co. Northampton and Mary, daughter of one Carew of co. Essex. Nathaniel's first wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Heath of Little Dunham, co. Norfolk. His second wife was Frances, daughter of Richard Bunning of Whittington, co. Stafford.

J. Fetherston (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Leicester in the year 1619 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 2, 1870), p. 92.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 5/36 (12 May 1640)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 5/35 (no date)
    • Defendant's bond: 5/87 (17 Jun 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Bunckley, Thomas, yeoman
  • Bunning, Frances
  • Bunning, Richard
  • Carew, Mary
  • Dynham, John
  • Heath, Elizabeth
  • Heath, Richard
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Longland, John
  • Parker, Thomas, yeoman
  • Sikes, Robert, dyer (also Sykes)
  • Watson, John
  • Whiting, Elizabeth
  • Whiting, Giles
  • Whiting, Mary
  • Whiting, Nathaniel, gent (also Whyting)

Places mentioned in the case

  • Leicestershire
    • Desford
    • Leicester
    • Markfield
    • Thornton
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Norfolk
    • Little Dunham
  • Northamptonshire
    • Etton
  • Staffordshire
    • Whittington

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility
  • provocative of a duel