261 Griffith v Williams

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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John Griffith of Llancarfan, co. Glamorgan, gent v Roger Williams of the same, tailor

November 1637 - January 1638


Griffith complained that Williams had said to him 'thou art a base cheatinge Rascall', and then repeated the words. Williams entered bond to appear on 29 November 1637, but on 27 January 1638 Dr Duck reported that the case had been settled by agreement between the parties.

Initial proceedings

3/101, Note of scandalous words

'Thou art a base cheatinge Rascall reiterating the same words.'

No date

Signed by Clere Talbot.

3/47, Defendant's bond

29 November 1637

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

Signed by Roger Williams.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of Humphrey Terrick.

Summary of proceedings

On 27 January 1638 when Williams was due to appear in response to a warning Dr Duck reported that the case had been settled by an agreement between the parties.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Note of scandalous words: 3/101 (no date)
    • Defendant's bond: 3/47 (29 Nov 1637)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 1/5, fos. 1-15 (27 Jan 1638)

People mentioned in the case

  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Griffith, John, gent
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Talbot, Clere, lawyer
  • Terrick, Humphrey
  • Williams, Roger, tailor

Places mentioned in the case

  • Glamorgan
    • Llancarfan
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Wales

Topics of the case

  • allegation of cheating
  • arbitration
  • denial of gentility