103 Chamberlayne v Drayton

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Richard Cust. Andrew Hopper, '103 Chamberlayne v Drayton', in The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, (, ) pp. . British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/court-of-chivalry/103-chamberlayne-drayton [accessed 26 May 2024].

Richard Cust. Andrew Hopper. "103 Chamberlayne v Drayton", in The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, (, ) . British History Online, accessed May 26, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/court-of-chivalry/103-chamberlayne-drayton.

Cust, Richard. Hopper, Andrew. "103 Chamberlayne v Drayton", The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, (, ). . British History Online. Web. 26 May 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/court-of-chivalry/103-chamberlayne-drayton.

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Edward Chamberlayne of Atherstone, co. Warwick, gent v Samuel Drayton of the same, tanner

January - April 1637


Chamberlayne complained that Drayton had given him scandalous words provocative of a duel, for which Dr Duck delivered his petition on 28 January 1637. Drayton was required to appear in February and April following, but no further proceedings survive.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck, Dr Eden, Dr Tanner and Dr Talbot acted as counsel at various stages. On 28 January 1637 Dr Duck was to give the petition concerning scandalous words provocative of a duel. On 11 and 16 February 1637 Drayton was required to appear. On 29 April 1637 a certificate was introduced against Drayton


An Edward Chamberlain was mentioned in the 1619 Visitation as the son and heir of John Chamberlain of Astley, co. Warwick. There was also an Edward Chamberlain of Princethorpe, co. Warwick, described in the 1682-3 Visitation as married to Eleanor, daughter of Sir John Cave. A pedigree exists in the 1682-3 Visitation for the Draytons of Atherstone, but no Samuel Drayton was mentioned.

J. Fetherston (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Warwick, 1619 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 12, 1877), p. 259; W. H. Rylands (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Warwick, 1682-3 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 62, 1911), pp. 82, 126-7.


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: College of Arms MS. 'Court of Chivalry' (act book, 1636-8) [pressmark R.R. 68C], (hereafter 68C), fos. 51r-59r (28 Jan 1637)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 23r-36v (11 Feb 1637)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 14r-20v (16 Feb 1637)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 37r-41v (29 Apr 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Cave, John, knight
  • Cave, Eleanor
  • Chamberlayne, Edward, gent (also Chamberlain)
  • Chamberlain, Eleanor
  • Chamberlain, John
  • Drayton, Samuel, tanner
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Eden, Thomas, lawyer
  • Talbot, Clere, lawyer
  • Tanner, Dr, lawyer

Places mentioned in the case

  • Warwickshire
    • Astley
    • Atherstone
    • Princethorpe

Topics of the case

  • provocative of a duel