218 Fortescue v Reynell

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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John Fortescue of Fallapit House, East Allington, co. Devon, esq v Edmund Reynell of Malston, Sherford, co. Devon, gent

February 1639

Figure 218:

The monument to John Fortescue in St Andrew's church, East Allington, Devon.


The cause of Fortescue's complaint against Reynell remains unknown, but Reynell had married into the Fortescue family. By 21 February 1639 the cause had been settled between the two parties.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Parry acted as counsel. On 21 February 1639 Reynell to appear in response to a summons whereupon Dr Exton claimed that the cause had been settled between the two parties and proceedings were relaxed.


John Fortescue was the son and heir of Edmund Fortescue of Fallapit, and Mary, the eldest daughter of Henry Champernon of Modbury, and sister to Sir Richard Champernon. He married Sarah, daughter of Edmund Prideaux of Netherton. John Fortescue had a first cousin also named John Fortesuce, born in c.1597. Edmund Reynell was the son of George Reynell of Malston and Joanna, daughter of Ludovick Fortescue of Fallapit. The litigants were therefore related by marriage.

F. T. Colby (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1620 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 6, 1872), pp. 112, 240.


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: 1/6, fos. 20-33 (21 Feb 1639)

People mentioned in the case

  • Champernon, Henry
  • Champernon, Mary
  • Champernon, Richard, knight
  • Exton, Thomas, lawyer
  • Fortsecue, Edmund
  • Fortescue, Joanna
  • Fortescue, John, esq
  • Fortescue, Ludovick
  • Fortescue, Mary
  • Fortescue, Sarah
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Parry, George, lawyer
  • Prideaux, Edmund
  • Prideaux, Sarah
  • Reynell, Edmund, gent
  • Reynell, George
  • Reynell, Joanna

Places mentioned in the case

  • Devon
    • East Allington
    • Fallapit House
    • Malston
    • Modbury
    • Netherton
    • Sherford

Topics of the case

  • arbitration