225 Freeman v Dudley

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Henry Freeman of Higham Ferrers, co. Northampton, esq v Edward Dudley of Harrold, co. Bedford, gent

May 1636 - February 1637

Figure 225:

The street plan of Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire where Henry Freeman was the resident gentleman.


Freeman cited Dudley to appear in court to answer for his scandalous words on 4 May 1636. There were further proceedings in January and February 1637, but no indication of the sentence survives.

Initial proceedings

20/1f, Citation

Dudley to appear at the suit of Freeman for scandalous words provocative of a duel.

Dated: 4 May 1636.

By special direction of Gilbert Dethick, registrar.

Introduced 29 January 1637.

Executed at Higham Ferrers by Samuel Dance on 21 June 1636.

Summary of proceedings

Dudley was summoned to appear in proceedings before the earl of Arundel and Lord Maltravers in January and February 1637.


Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Freeman of Higham Ferrers, co. Northampton, esq, and Elizabeth, daughter of Mr Kensham, married Edward Harby (1603-71).

H. I. Longden (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Northampton in the year 1681 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 87, 1935), p. 85.

Edward Dudley was the eldest son and heir of Thomas Dudley of Harrold, co. Bedford, gent, and Margaret, daughter of Robert Wood of Lambley, co. Nottingham. Edward was aged about 24 in 1634 and married Elizabeth, daughter of George Edwards of Emberton, co. Buckingham.

F. A. Blaydes (ed.), The Visitations of Bedfordshire, 1566, 1582 and 1634 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 19, 1884), p. 100.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Citation: 20/1f (4 May 1636)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Sir Henry Marten: College of Arms MS. 'Court of Chivalry' (act book, 1636-8) [pressmark R.R. 68C] (hereafter 68C), fos. 84r-88v (9 May 1636)
    • Proceedings before Arundel: 68C, fos. 51r-59r (28 Jan 1637)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 23r-36v (11 Feb 1637)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 14r-20v (16 Feb 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Dance, Samuel
  • Dethick, Gilbert, registrar
  • Dudley, Edward, gent
  • Dudley, Margaret
  • Dudley, Thomas, gent
  • Edwards, Elizabeth
  • Edwards, George
  • Freeman, Elizabeth
  • Freemann, Henry, esq
  • Harby, Edward
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Marten, Henry, knight
  • Kensham, Elizabeth
  • Kensham, Mr
  • Wood, Robert

Places mentioned in the case

  • Bedfordshire
    • Harrold
  • Buckinghamshire
    • Emberton
  • Northamptonshire
    • Higham Ferrers
  • Nottinghamshire
    • Lambley

Topics of the case

  • provocative of a duel