331 Jervoise v Heather

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Sir Thomas Jervoise of Herriard, co. Hampshire, knt v John Heather of Mortimer, co. Berkshire, yeoman

December 1637


Jervoise was a justice of the peace and deputy lieutenant who granted a warrant against Edward Werdnam. When the warrant was executed, Jervoise complained that Heather had slighted him by saying to the constable, with reference to Jervoise, 'that he had troubled himselfe more then he needed to doe about servinge a jacke an ape his warrant'. Process was granted on 5 December 1637, but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

3/25, Petition

'The petitioner, being a justice of peace for the countie of Southampton, one of the deputie lieutenants of that countie, granted a warrant against one Edward Werdnam of Silchester in the countie, to bring him before the petitioner to put in baile for his appearance at the next generall sessions to answer misdemeanours chardged upon him. Which warrant, being executed, one John Heather of Mortimer in the countie of Berks., yeoman, countenancing Werdnam, did use many disgracefull words against the peticoner and the warrant; and amongst other ill language Heather said unto the constable that served the warrant that he had troubled himselfe more then he needed to doe, about servinge a jacke an ape his warrant, meaninge the peticoner, and the warrant made by him.'

Petitioned that Heather be brought to answer.

Duck desired Dethick to send out process as Maltravers and Sir Henry Marten had granted approval.

5 December 1637.

3/27, Plaintiff's bond

5 December 1637

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

Signed by William Guidot of Lincoln's Inn, gent, on behalf of Jervoise.

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


Jervoise did not appear in the Hampshire Visitations of 1622-34 or 1686, but he was an infrequent attender of the Rump Parliament, in which he sought compensation for his civil war losses out of the estate of the Marquis of Winchester.

W. H. Rylands (ed.), Pedigrees from the Visitations of Hampshire, 1530, 1575 and 1622-34 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 64, 1913), pp. 154, 180; G. D. Squibb (ed.), The Visitation of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, 1686 (Publications of the Harleian Society, new series, 10, 1991); A. M. Coleby, Central Government and the Localities: Hampshire 1649-1689 (Cambridge, 1987), p. 70.

For Sir Thomas Jervoise, see D. Underdown, Pride's Purge (Oxford, 1971), p. 377.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 3/25 (5 Dec 1637)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 3/27 (5 Dec 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Dethick, Gilbert, registrar
  • Duck, Arthur lawyer
  • Guidot, William, gent
  • Jervoise, Thomas, knight
  • Heather, John, yeoman
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Marten, Henry, knight
  • Paulet, John, marquis of Winchester
  • Watson, John
  • Werdnam, Edward

Places mentioned in the case

  • Berkshire
    • Mortimer
  • Hampshire
    • Herriard
    • Silchester
  • Middlesex
    • Lincoln's Inn
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • deputy lieutenant
  • inns of court
  • justice of the peace
  • Long Parliament
  • member of parliament
  • nicknaming
  • office-holding