104 Chambers v Amphlett

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Richard Cust. Andrew Hopper, '104 Chambers v Amphlett', in The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, (, ) pp. . British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/court-of-chivalry/104-chambers-amphlett [accessed 26 May 2024].

Richard Cust. Andrew Hopper. "104 Chambers v Amphlett", 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/104-chambers-amphlett.

Cust, Richard. Hopper, Andrew. "104 Chambers v Amphlett", The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, (, ). . British History Online. Web. 26 May 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/court-of-chivalry/104-chambers-amphlett.

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George Chambers, gent v William Amphlett of Handsworth, co. Worcester, gent

No date


Chambers, a servant to Thomas, Baron Windsor, complained that the previous January Amphlett gave him the lie several times and said that he was 'a base fellowe, a base cowardly rascall, and no gentleman' in the presence of witnesses. Chambers maintained he could procure a certificate from the Officers of Arms that would prove his gentility; however, no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

EM278, Petition

'That he, having for many years served his lordship [Thomas Lord Windsor] in the place and quality of a gentleman (which title your petitioner is able to justifye, and thereof to procure certificate from the Officers of Armes attending your lordship), howbeit, your said petitioner, in January last, received from one William Amphlett of Hadsworth in the county of Worcester evill language and a very fowle and scandalous taxacon, uttered publiquely in the presence of sundrie credible witnesses, vizt. that your petitioner was a base fellowe, a base cowardly rascall, and no gentleman, using also at the same time words of more fowle disgrace to your petitioner, which in modestie he forbeareth to expresse, besides the lye then severall times given to your petitioner by Amphlett.'

Petitioned that Amphett be brought to answer.

No date.


Neither party appeared in the 1634 Visitation of Worcestershire.

A. T. Butler (ed.), The Visitation of Worcestershire, 1634 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 90, 1938).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: EM278 (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Amphlett, William, gent
  • Chambers, George, gent
  • Windsor, Thomas, baron Windsor of Stanwell

Places mentioned in the case

  • Worcestershire
    • Handsworth
  • Surrey
    • Stanwell

Topics of the case

  • allegation of cowardice
  • denial of gentility
  • giving the lie