204 Farnefold v Farnden

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Sir Thomas Farnefold of Steyning, co. Sussex, knt v Peter Farnden of Sussex, gent

May 1634


Sir Thomas, one of the king's gentleman pensioners, complained that William Winchell, arms painter, had given Peter Farnden his arms and genealogy on a shield of arms. Proceedings in the case were mentioned on 26 April and 3 May 1634, but not thereafter as the case was subsumed into Dr Duck's prosecution of Winchell in the same month [see cause 181]. [For another case involving Farnefold, see cause 203.]

Summary of proceedings

On 3 May Dr. Duck complained that William Winchell, painter / stainer of St George's parish, London, had falsified and fabricated the genealogy of Peter Farnden of Sussex in an ancient shield of arms, and that he gave Farnden the arms and genealogy of Sir Thomas Farnefold. He called for Winchell to be suspended from his position as licenced arms painter to the Earl Marshall.


Sir Thomas Farnefold of Steyning, co. Sussex (1599-1643) was the son of Richard Farnefold (1548-1609) and Dorothy, daughter of Thomas Parson of Steyning, yeoman. His estates were burdened by wardship and in 1622 he was imprisoned in the Marshalsea after a quarrel with viscount Wallingford. He spent much of his life at court, and possibly did some soldiering on the continent. His first wife died in 1636 and the following year in London he married Elizabeth Cudmore of Kelvedon, co. Essex, the widow of John Cudmore, esq. In 1638 he was imprisoned for a fortnight in the Fleet. Royalist in his sympathies, he was M.P. for Steyning in the parliaments of 1624, 1625, 1628, 1640 but his poor health probably prevented him taking his seat in the Long Parliament.

M. F. Keeler, The Long Parliament, 1640-1641: A Biographical Dictionary of its Members (Philadelphia, 1954), pp. 173-4.


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings: 7/7, 7/9 (26 Apr 1634)
    • Proceedings: 7/11, I 25, fos. 64-5 (3 May 1634)

People mentioned in the case

  • Cadmore, Elizabeth, widow (also Cudmore)
  • Cadmore, John, esq (also Cudmore)
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Farnden, Peter
  • Farnefold, Dorothy (also Farnifold)
  • Farnefold, Elizabeth (also Farnifold)
  • Farnefold, Richard (also Farnifold)
  • Farnefold, Thomas, knight (also Farnifold)
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Knollys, William, viscount Wallingford
  • Parson, Dorothy
  • Parson, Thomas, yeoman
  • Winchell, William

Places mentioned in the case

  • Essex
    • Kelvedon
  • London
    • Fleet prison
    • Marshalsea prison
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Sussex
    • Steyning

Topics of the case

  • coat of arms
  • false claim to gentility
  • heraldry
  • imprisonment
  • Long Parliament
  • member of parliament
  • military officer
  • royal servant
  • royalist