173 Duck v Fielder

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Arthur Duck, LL.D, King's Advocate v John Fielder of Borough Court, co. Hampshire, esq

October 1638


Proceedings survive from October 1638, but they do not show either the cause or result of Duck's complaint against Fielder.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck appears as counsel as well as plaintiff and on 20 October 1638 Fielder's securities were required to appear.


The defendant was most likely John Feilder of Borough Court, esq (b.c.1614), who married Margaret, daughter of Sir John Trevor of Trevalyn, co. Denbigh, knt. His father, another John Feilder, had died c. September 1638 therefore it is possible this cause of office was over funeral fees.

G. D. Squibb (ed.), The Visitation of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, 1686 (Publications of the Harleian Society, new series, 10, 1991), pp. 170-1.

John Fielder of Borough Court, Hampshire, esq, was a 'recruiter' M.P. for St Ives, and active in preventing law reforms in the Rump Parliament. He was appointed to the Council of State in February 1651.

A. M. Coleby, Central Government and the Localities: Hampshire 1649-1689 (Cambridge University Press, 1987), p. 75.


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: R.19, fos. 434r-449v (20 Oct 1638)

People mentioned in the case

  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Fielder, John
  • Fielder, Margaret
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Trevor, John, knight
  • Trevor, Margaret

Places mentioned in the case

  • Denbighshire
    • Trevalyn
  • Hampshire
    • Borough Court

Topics of the case

  • funeral ceremony
  • Long Parliament
  • member of parliament
  • office-holding