251 Gray v Moseley

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Henry Gray of Enville, co. Stafford, esq v Nicholas Moseley of the same

May 1636 - April 1637


In May 1636 Gray complained that Moseley had spoken scandalous words provocative of a duel. Moseley declared in November that, on account of his age and infirmity, he was unable to make the journey to London. The following January he was still being required to appear and Dr Duck was due to give the libel on Gray's behalf in April 1637. No further proceedings survive.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck acted as counsel for Gray and Dr Gwyn and Dr Talbot for Moseley. In May 1636 Dr Duck petitioned that Moseley be cited for scandalous words provocative of a duel. On 8 November 1636 Moseley was required to appear in person but a note from Richard Hill was read to explain his absence: 'Mr Mosely is an antient gentleman reputed to be of the age of sixty years or thereabout, and by reason of some infirmity in his body not able to travel up to London without danger of his life'. On 28 January 1637 Moseley was required to appear, and Dr Talbot, acting for Dr Gwyn was required to respond to Dr Duck's libel. On 11 February Dr Duck was to move to the libel for the first session of the next term.


Henry Grey of Enville, esq, was aged 51 in 1663 and a J.P. for co. Stafford. He married Mary, daughter to Francis Wolrich of Dudmaston, co. Salop. He died on 2 January 1681 and was buried at Enville with three officers of arms present.

G. J. Amytage and W. H. Rylands (eds.), Staffordshire Pedigrees based on the Visitation of that County made by William Dugdale, 1663-4 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 63, 1912), p. 111.


  • 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 Sir Henry Marten: 68C, fos. 84r-88v (9 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)
    • Proceedings: R.19, fos. 381-2 (28 Jan 1637)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 23r-36v (11 Feb 1637)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 14r-20v (16 Feb 1637)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 37r-41v (29 Apr 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Gray, Henry, esq (also Grey, Greye)
  • Gray, Mary (also Grey, Greye)
  • Gwyn, Thomas, lawyer
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Marten, Henry, knight
  • Moseley, Nicholas
  • Talbot, Clere, lawyer
  • Wolrich, Francis
  • Wolrich, Mary

Places mentioned in the case

  • Salop / Shropshire
    • Dudmaston
  • Staffordshire
    • Enville
  • London

Topics of the case

  • funeral ceremony
  • Herald
  • justice of the peace
  • office-holding
  • provocative of a duel