258 Grey v Reeve

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Henry Grey of Gray's Inn, and Eye, co. Suffolk, gent v John Reeve of Eye, co. Suffolk, gent

No date


Grey, the prince's steward for the lordship of Eye, Suffolk complained that Reeve had given him the lie in the presence of several 'honest and worthy persons'. He petitioned the Earl Marshal to appoint Sir John Tasburgh, Owin Tasburgh, Robert Reeve, Edward Havers and John Havers, esquires, or any two of them, to examine witnesses in support of his complaint. No further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

EM301, Petition

Recited that he had been a member of Gray's Inn for 16 or 17 years, and that he was now the prince's steward for the honor and lordship of Eye. '...and that your petitioner, being in company with one John Reeve of the same towne, gent., not long sithence, and in the presence of diverse worthy and honest persons did without cause give your petitioner the uncivell and ignominious terme and worde of the (lye), and tould your petitioner that he did lye, with diverse other disgracefull words, in the hearing of diverse men of good esteem and repute, which words being soe violently and disgracefully spoken, tend to your petitioner's disgrace and disesteeme, and are forbidden by his highness edicte.'

Petitioned that Reeve be brought to answer the complaint and that the Earl Marshal would send a letter to Sir John Tasburgh, knight, Owin Tasburgh, Robert Reeve, Edward Havers and John Havers, esquires, or any two of them to examine witnesses.

No date.


This Henry Grey was possibly the son and heir of Anthony Grey of Burbage, co. Leicester, who was educated at Cambridge and admitted to Gray's Inn on 31 January 1616. This would date this case to 1632/3 as Grey had been a member of Gray's Inn for 16 or 17 years by the time of this case.

J. and J. A. Venn (eds.), Alumni Cantabrigienses from the earliest times to 1751 (Cambridge, 1922), vol. 2, p. 251.

Mary, daughter of Henry Grey of Eye, co. Suffolk, married Gilbert Havers of East Bergholt, co. Suffolk, gent. John Reeve of Eye, co. Suffolk, gent, married Mary, daughter and coheir of Henry Grey of Eye and Mary, widow of John Hawes of Walsham [Walsham le Willows].

W. H. Rylands (ed.), A Visitation of the County of Suffolk, 1664-1668 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 61, 1910), p. 124; A. Campling (ed.), East Anglia Pedigrees (Publications of the Harleian Society, 91, 1939), p. 101.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: EM301 (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Grey, Henry, gent (also Gray)
  • Grey, Mary (also Gray)
  • Havers, Edward, esq
  • Havers, Gilbert
  • Havers, John, esq
  • Havers, Mary
  • Hawes, John
  • Hawes, Mary
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Reeve, John, gent
  • Reeve, Mary
  • Reeve, Robert, esq
  • Tasburgh, John, knight
  • Tasburgh, Owin, esq

Places mentioned in the case

  • Leicestershire
    • Burbage
  • London
    • Gray's Inn
  • Suffolk
    • East Bergholt
    • Eye
    • Walsham le Willows

Topics of the case

  • giving the lie
  • inns of court