308 Hopton v Heywood

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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William Hopton of Bishop's Frome, co. Hereford, esq v Raphael Heywood of Acton Beauchamp, co. Worcester

November 1638 - January 1639


The nature of Hopton's complaint against Heywood is unknown, but Heywood's answer refuted the libel and denied Hopton's gentility. Dr Duck entered the libel on 5 December 1638; but on 28 January 1639 both parties accepted a negotiated settlement.

Initial proceedings

18/2j, Personal answer

1. Heywood did not believe Hopton was a gentleman.

2. Heywood did not believe this article was true.

Dated 8 December 1638.

Signed by Raphael Heywood.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck acted as counsel for Hopton and Dr Lewin for Heywood. Dr Duck gave the libel on Hopton's behalf on 5 December 1638, and Dr Lewin was required to respond on Heywood's behalf in the following weeks. On 28 January 1639 a negotiated settlement was acknowledged by the counsels Dr Duck and Dr Lewin.


William Hopton of Bishop's Frome, esq, was the eldest son of Sir Richard Hopton of Canon Frome, co. Hereford and Elizabeth, daughter of John Hopton of Hopton, co. Salop. William married Elizabeth, daughter of William Foxall of co. Salop, and their eldest son had been born around 1625.

M. P. Siddons (ed.), The Visitation of Herefordshire, 1634 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 90, 1938), p. 94.

Heywood did not appear in A. T. Butler (ed.), The Visitation of Worcestershire, 1634 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 90, 1938).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Personal answer: 18/2j (8 Dec 1638)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: R.19, fos .422r-428r (28 Nov 1638)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: R.19, fos .474r-484v (5 Dec 1638)
    • Proceedings before Marten: R.19, fos. 488r-490v (12 Dec 1638)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 1/9 (28 Jan 1639)

People mentioned in the case

  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Foxall, Elizabeth
  • Foxall, William
  • Heywood, Raphael
  • Hopton, John
  • Hopton, Elizabeth
  • Hopton, Richard, knight
  • Hopton, William, esq
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Lewin, William, lawyer
  • Marten, Henry, knight

Places mentioned in the case

  • Herefordshire
    • Bishop's Frome
    • Canon Frome
  • Salop / Shropshire
    • Hopton
  • Worcestershire
    • Acton Beauchamp

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility