107 Clarke v Palmer

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Richard Cust. Andrew Hopper, '107 Clarke v Palmer', in The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, (, ) pp. . British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/court-of-chivalry/107-clarke-palmer [accessed 26 May 2024].

Richard Cust. Andrew Hopper. "107 Clarke v Palmer", 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/107-clarke-palmer.

Cust, Richard. Hopper, Andrew. "107 Clarke v Palmer", The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, (, ). . British History Online. Web. 26 May 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/court-of-chivalry/107-clarke-palmer.

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Sir Simon Clarke of Salford Priors, co. Warwick, bart v Edward Palmer of Bidford-upon-Avon

June - November 1636

Figure 107:

The pedigree of Sir Simon Clarke, set out on the monument which he erected in 1631 in St Matthew's church, Salford Priors, Warwickshire, to commemorate his wife, Margaret and two sons (Photograph: Richard Cust)


Clarke complained that Palmer had given him scandalous words. The case came before the court in June and November 1636; but no indication of sentence survives.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck was counsel. The cause came before Sir Henry Marten on 3 June 1636 and there were further proceedings on 8 November 1636.


Sir Simon Clarke of Bidford-on-Avon, Salford Priors and Newbold Revel, co. Warwick, esq, knt and bart (1579-1651), was the son of Walter Clarke and Elizabeth, daughter of Simon Edolph of co. Kent. His first wife died in 1617, and his second wife was Dorothy, widow of Thomas Hay, and daughter of Thomas Hobson of Cambridge. Their son and heir was Sir John Clarke (1605-1680). Although a newcomer to Warwickshire, he served as high sheriff in 1633 and was a keen supporter of Sir William Dugdale's antiquarian interests. By the outbreak of civil war, Sir Simon Clarke had debts of £1500. This was three times his annual income, forcing him to mortgage many of his estates. Edward Palmer of Bidford may have been Edward Palmer (b.1603), second son of Henry Palmer of Milverton, co. Warwick and Elizabeth, daughter of George Averell of Solihull, co. Warwick.

J. Fetherston (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Warwick, 1619 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 12, 1877), pp. 200-201, 239; W. H. Rylands (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Warwick, 1682-3 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 62, 1911), p. 67; G. E. Cokayne (ed.), Complete Baronetage, vo. 1, 1611-1625 (Exeter, 1900), p. 111; A. Hughes, Politics, Society and Civil War in Warwickshire, 1620-1660 (Cambridge, 1987), pp. 31n, 39, 47, 53, 60, 88, 102, 268, 358; P. Styles, 'Sir Simon Clarke', Birmingham Archaeological Society Transactions , 66 (1946).


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Marten: College of Arms MS. 'Court of Chivalry' (act book, 1636-8) [pressmark R.R. 68C], (hereafter 68C), fos. 122r-124v (3 June 1636)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 105r-110v (8 Nov 1636)

People mentioned in the case

  • Averell, Elizabeth
  • Averell, George
  • Clarke, Dorothy
  • Clarke, Elizabeth
  • Clarke, John, baronet
  • Clarke, Simon, baronet
  • Clarke, Walter
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Dugdale, William, knight
  • Edolph, Elizabeth
  • Edolph, Simon
  • Hay, Dorothy
  • Hay, Thomas
  • Hobson, Dorothy
  • Hobson, Thomas
  • Marten, Henry, knight
  • Palmer, Edward
  • Palmer, Elizabeth
  • Palmer, Henry

Places mentioned in the case

  • Cambridgeshire
    • Cambridge
  • Warwickshire
    • Bidford-on-Avon
    • Milverton
    • Newbold Revel, Stretton under Fosse
    • Salford Priors
    • Solihull

Topics of the case

  • civil war
  • high sheriff
  • office-holding