298 Hitchcocke v Clement

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John Hitchcocke of Preshute, co. Wiltshire, gent v John Clement of Woodlands, co. Wiltshire, yeoman

January 1638


Hitchcocke complained that in July or August 1637 John Clement had said to him in the presence of many persons of credit, 'Thou Jacke Hitchcocke. Thou art a base fellowe and a Rascall.' Process was granted on 24 January 1638 and bond to prosecute entered the following day; but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

3/18, Petition to Arundel

'Your petitioner. being a gent. by birth, bearinge armes, one John Clement of Woodlands in the county of Wilts., yeoman, in July or August last, before many persons of good credit, gave your petitioner many disgracefull and scandalous speeches and amongst others said to your petitioner, Thou Jacke Hitchcocke, Thou art a base fellowe and a Rascall.'

Petitioned that Clement be brought to answer.

Dr Duck desired Mr Dethick to send out process, 24 January 1638.

Signed by Arthur Duck.

3/17, Plaintiff's bond

25 January 1638

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

Signed by John Hitchcock.

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


John Hitchcocke of Preshute was the son of John Chapman alias Hitchcocke of Preshute, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Stile of Marlborough, co. Wiltshire. He married Bridget, daughter of Edmund Hungerford of North Standen, co. Wiltshire, esq, by whom he had a son and heir, also named John Hitchcocke, who by 1619 had married Zenobia, daughter of Hugh Jones of co. Wiltshire. The plaintiff may have been the elder or the younger John Hitchcocke.

G. D. Squibb (ed.), Wiltshire Visitation Pedigrees, 1623 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 105 and 106, 1954), p. 84.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition to Arundel: 3/18 (24 Jan 1638)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 3/17 (25 Jan 1638)

People mentioned in the case

  • Chapman alias Hitchcocke, Elizabeth
  • Chapman alias Hitchcocke, John
  • Clement, John, yeoman
  • Dethick, Gilbert, registrar
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Hitchcocke, Bridget (also Hitchcock)
  • Hitchcocke, John, gent (also Hitchcock)
  • Hitchcocke, Zenobia (also Hitchcock)
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Hungerford, Bridget
  • Hungerford, Edmund
  • Jones, Hugh
  • Jones, Zenobia
  • Stile, Elizabeth
  • Stile, John
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Wiltshire
    • Marlborough
    • North Standen
    • Preshute
    • Woodlands

Topics of the case

  • calling thou
  • denial of gentility