137 Coxe v Allen

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Cause of office promoted by John Coxe v Strode Allen of Evershot, co. Dorset, gent

January - April 1637


This was a cause of office promoted by Coxe, the Earl Marshal's messenger, charging Allen with contempt. In what may be a connected case, during May 1635 Allen had petitioned the court to dismiss a suit brought against him by Sir Richard Strode [see cause 631] on the grounds that it was vexatious. Proceedings survive in this case from January - April 1637 and were linked to a Star Chamber case brought by Strode; but there is no indication of sentence.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck was counsel in this cause of contempt, and on 28 January 1637 he delivered a petition to which Allen was to respond. On 16 February 1637 Star Chamber was mentioned, as well as the hearing of a verdict. Allen was to respond at the next sitting. On 29 April Star Chamber was mentioned again, and Allen was warned to appear to hear the verdict.


  • 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. 1r-11r (16 Feb 1637)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 37r-41v (29 Apr 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Allen, Strode
  • Coxe, John
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Strode, Richard, knight

Places mentioned in the case

  • Dorset
    • Evershot

Topics of the case

  • contempt of court
  • other courts
  • Star Chamber