316 Hughes v Rowlestone

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Henry Hughes, gent v Walter Rowlestone

No date


Hughes complained that Rowlestone had insulted his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Peirse, widow, calling her 'base-slutt', saying that 'she was an whore, bawde and that she was brought upp in Turnball-street, and her fine clothes were bought att the broakers'. No further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

EM324, Petition

'Whereas one Walter Rowlestone, in a rude and uncivile manner, hath grossly abused and defamed Mrs Eliz. Peirse, widow, by calling her base-slutt, and saying she was an whore, bawde, and that she was brought upp in Turnball-street, and her fine clothes were bought att the broakers, all which being untruths (she being a gentlewoman of quallity, and good desent) makes it her humble request that (by reason of her ages, and the great distance of places) her son-in-law, Mr Henry Hughes, may become (in her behalf) an humble petitioner to the right honorable Thomas Earle of Arundell and Surrey, Earle High Marshall of England, to call Rowlestone before him to give account for his abuses of her, the which she hath good witness of.'

No date.


This may have been the Henry Hughes, gent, who was the son of Andrew Hughes of Wilsborough, co. Kent, gent, and Anne, daughter of John Hill of co. Stafford, who matriculated at St John's College, Oxford, in 1623.

J. Foster (ed.), Alumni Oxonienses, 1500-1714 (Oxford, 1891), vol. 2, p. 761; G. J. Armytage (ed.), The Visitation of Kent begun in 1663 and finished in 1668 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 54, 1906), p. 85.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: EM324 (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Hill, Anne
  • Hill, John
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Hughes, Andrew, gent
  • Hughes, Anne
  • Hughes, Henry, gent
  • Peirse, Elizabeth, widow
  • Rowlestone, Walter

Places mentioned in the case

  • Oxfordshire
    • Oxford, St John's College

Topics of the case

  • apparel
  • sexual insult
  • University of Oxford