285 Hastings v Poulton

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Richard Cust, Andrew Hopper. "285 Hastings v Poulton". The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640. Ed. Richard Cust, Andrew Hopper, British History Online. Web. 22 July 2024. https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/court-of-chivalry/285-hastings-poulton.

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Walter Hastings of Braunston, co. Leicester, esq v William Poulton of Lincoln's Inn, London, gent

February 1640


Only Hastings's bond of February 1640 to prosecute Poulton survives for this case.

Initial proceedings

2/5, Plaintiff's bond

28 February 1640

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

Signed by W. Hastings.

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


Walter Hastings was a royalist officer in the civil wars, and governor of Portland castle in February 1645.

P. R. Newman, Royalist officers in England and Wales, 1642-1660: A biographical dictionary (London, 1981), p. 180.

Walter Hastings of Braunston may have been Walter Hastings, son of Edward Hastings and Barbara, daughter of William Devereux. This man was a distant cousin of Henry Hastings, earl of Huntingdon. William Poulton did not appear in the 1619 Visitation, but he was admitted to Lincoln's Inn on 1 October 1628 as the son and heir of Francis Poulton of Twickenham, co. Middlesex, esq.

J. Fetherston (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Leicester in the year 1619 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 2, 1870), p. 73; J. Foster and W. Pailey Baildon (eds.), Records of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, vol. 1: Admissions, 1420-1799 (London, 1896), p. 206.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Plaintiff's bond: 2/5 (28 Feb 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Devereux, Barbara
  • Devereux, William
  • Hastings, Barbara
  • Hastings, Edward
  • Hastings, Henry, earl of Huntingdon
  • Hastings, Walter, esq
  • Poulton, Francis, esq
  • Poulton, William, gent
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Dorset
    • Portland Castle
  • Leicestershire
    • Braunston
  • London
    • Lincoln's Inn
  • Middlesex
    • Twickenham
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • inns of court
  • royalist