227 Freeman v Turner

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Sir Ralph Freeman of Leigh, co. Surrey, knt v Thomas Turner of East Betchworth, co. Surrey, victualler

April 1638


Freeman, the Master of Requests, complained that Turner had said on 29 March 1638 at Farningham, Kent, that he 'was a base unconscionable man and cared not what he did sweare or say for his own fame'. He had a witness to support this, but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

EM118, Affidavit

Matthew Ellis, aged 60

Thomas Turner of East Betchworth, co. Surrey, victualler, said on 29 March 1638 in the presence of this witness, Robert Tournay, and Edward Launder, at Farningham, co. Kent, that Sir Ralph Freeman, knight, Master of Request in ordinary to his Majestie, was a base unconscionable man and cared not what he did sweare or say for his own fame'.

Signed by Mathew Ellis [his mark], and Ro. Rich.

15 April 1638

Signed in the presence of Daniel Dun and Peter Chamberleyne.


Sir Ralph was the son of William Freeman of Betchworth, co. Surrey, esq, and Mary, daughter of Lewis Orrell of Wisbech in the Isle of Ely, co. Cambridge, esq. Sir Ralph married Margaret, daughter of Thomas Temple, Dr of Civil Law [See cause 638 Temple v Ayleworth].

G. J. Armytage (ed.), A Visitation of the County of Surrey, 1662-8 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 60, 1910), p. 46.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Affidavit: EM118 (15 Apr 1638)

People mentioned in the case

  • Chamberleyne, Peter
  • Dun, Daniel
  • Ellis, Matthew
  • Freeman, Ralph, knight
  • Freeman, William
  • Launder, Edward
  • Orrell, Lewis
  • Rich, Robert
  • Temple, Margaret
  • Temple, Thomas, lawyer
  • Tournay, Robert
  • Turner, Thomas, victualler

Places mentioned in the case

  • Isle of Ely
    • Wisbech
  • Kent
    • Farningham
  • Surrey
    • Betchworth
    • East Betchworth
    • Leigh

Topics of the case

  • allegation of perjury
  • denial of gentility