255 Greene v Hodges

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John Greene of Milton Clevedon, co. Somerset, esq v James Hodges of the same

November 1637


Greene complained that when he demanded the £200 fine that he had been awarded from Hodges in the Court of Requests, Hodges called him a 'Base knave, lowsie knave, drunken knave, base rogue, drunken rogue and beggerley rogue'. Process was granted on 21 November 1637 and John Hungerford entered bond to prosecute the cause the following day; but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

3/92, Petition to Arundel

'Your petitioner, having a suite depending in the Court of Requests against one James Hodges in the towne and county aforesaid, and having obteyned an order or decree, against Hodges for the some of two hundred poundes, he demanding of it, Hodges used these, or the like wordes following, Base knave, lowsie knave, drunken knave, base rogue, drunken rogue and beggerley rogue, and many other speeches tending to the disparidgment of your petitioner, and spoken by Hodges unto and against your petitioner.'

Petitioned that Hodges be brought to answer.

Duck desired Dethick to grant process, 21 November 1637.

Signed by Arthur Duck.

3/91, Plaintiff's bond

22 November 1637

Bound to appear 'in the Court in the painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by John Hungerford of Bernard's Inn, co. Middlesex, gent, on behalf of Greene.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of John Watson.


John Greene of Milton was the son of Bartholomew Greene of Milton and Mary, daughter of John Eyres of Charfield, co. Wiltshire. John Greene married Sicile, daughter of John Walrond of Bovey, co. Devon. They had two sons and three daughters by the time of the visitation of 1623.

F. T. Colby (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Somerset in the year 1623 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 11, 1876), p. 43.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition to Arundel: 3/92 (21 Nov 1637)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 3/91 (22 Nov 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Dethick, Gilbert, registrar
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Eyres, John
  • Eyres, Mary
  • Greene, Bartholomew
  • Greene, John, esq
  • Greene, Mary
  • Greene, Sicile
  • Hodges, James
  • Hungerford, John
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Walrond, John
  • Walrond, Sicile
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Devon
    • Bovey
  • Middlesex
    • Bernard's Inn
    • Westminster
  • Somerset
    • Milton Clevedon
  • Wiltshire
    • Charfield

Topics of the case

  • Court of Requests
  • debt
  • denial of gentility
  • drunkenness
  • inns of court
  • other courts