232 Furseman v Pomeroy

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George Furseman of London, gent v Hugh Pomeroy of Tregony, co. Cornwall, esq

May 1636 - January 1637

Figure 232:

Truro, Cornwall, in the early nineteenth century. William Furseman's witnesses were required to meet at the Bell Inn in September 1636 (From S. Drew, The History of Cornwall (1824))


The cause of the case brought by Furseman, a London tailor, remains unknown; however, this was the counter suit to that brought by Pomeroy, a sergeant major of foot in the regiment of Colonel Charles Trevanion, complaining that Furseman gave him the lie in the presence of his colonel. [See cause 528]. A commission headed by Jonathan Rashleigh, esq, was required to meet to examine Furseman's witnesses on 24 September 1636 at the Bell Inn, Truro, Cornwall. But there is no indication of sentence in either case.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck acted as counsel for Furseman and Dr Eden for Pomeroy. In May 1636, there was mention of a bond for £100, and in June Dr Duck was required to give the libel and Pomeroy to respond. Among the commissioners to examine Furseman's witnesses were Jonathan Rashleigh, esq, Oliver Sawle, esq, and Thomas Melhwishe, gent, and they were to meet on 24 September 1636 at the Bell Inn, Truro, co. Cornwall. On 28 January 1637 Furseman had to prove the libel and send to the commissioners.


Hugh Pomeroy (b. c.1602) was the son and heir of Henry Pomeroy of Tregony, co. Cornwall, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Bonythan. Hugh Pomeroy was a sergeant major of foot in the regiment of Colonel Charles Trevanion. Pomeroy was knighted and a royalist in arms during the civil wars, while Trevanion became a leading royalist regimental commander.

J. L. Vivian and H. H. Drake (eds.), The Visitation of Cornwall in the year 1620 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 9, 1874), p. 177; P.R. Newman, Royalist officers in England and Wales, 1642-1660: A biographical dictionary (London, 1981), p. 300; M. Stoyle, West Britons: Cornish Identities and the Early Modern British State (Exeter, 2002), p. 126.

George Furseman did not appear among the Visitations of London: J. Jackson Howard and J. L. Chester (eds.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and, 1635, vol. I (Publications of the Harleian Society, 15, 1880); J. Jackson Howard (ed.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and, 1635, vol. II (Publications of the Harleian Society, 17, 1883); J. B. Whitmore and A. W. Hughes Clarke (eds.), London Visitation Pedigrees, 1664 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 92, 1940).


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: College of Arms MS. 'Court of Chivalry' (act book 1636-8) [pressmark R.R. 68C] (hereafter 68C), fos. 89r-100r (May 1636)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 68C, fos. 112r-121v (Jun 1636)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 105r-110v (8 Nov 1636)
    • Proceedings before Arundel: 68C, fos. 51r-59r (28 Jan 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Bonythan, Elizabeth (also Bonython)
  • Bonythan, John (also Bonython)
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Eden, Thomas, lawyer
  • Furseman, George, gent
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Melwishe, Thomas, gent
  • Pomeroy, Elizabeth
  • Pomeroy, Henry
  • Pomeroy, Hugh, esq
  • Rashleigh, Jonathan, esq
  • Sawle, Oliver, esq
  • Trevanion, Charles, esq

Places mentioned in the case

  • Cornwall
    • Tregony
    • Truro

Topics of the case

  • giving the lie
  • military officer