335 Jones v Paine

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Thomas Jones of Maesbrook Green, co. Salop, gent v John Paine the younger of Kinnerley, Edward Floyd of Osbaston, and Thomas Gething of Maesbrook Green, co. Salop

May 1640


Jones complained that Paine, Lloyd and Gethinge assaulted him in public in January 1640 and called him 'base rogue'. Jones also claimed that Paine offered him money to fight him, saying, 'I will undoe and make thee a Beggar, if thou wert worth 5000li ; and make thee looke through a grate'. Jones entered bond to prosecute the cause on 15 May 1640, but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

5/57, Petition

'Your petitioner, being a gent of blood and armes, one John Payne the younger yeoman, together with Edward Lloyd and Thomas Gethinge, by his abetment and procurement in Januarie last, and severall times since (bearing causeless malice to the petitioner), publiquely assaulted your petitioner and without any provocation at all railed upon and reviled him; and Paine challenged the petitioner and offered to give him money to fight and combate with him, and used these words following: I will undoe and make thee a Beggar, if thou wert worth 5000li; and make thee looke through a grate using divers provokeing speeches thereto. And Paine, Lloyd and Gething in greate disgrace and disparagement of the petitioner called him base rogue and with divers other scandalous and reproachfull termes of purpose thereby to provoake him.'

Petitioned that Paine, Lloyd and Gething be brought to answer, Maltravers granted process, 22 May 1640.

5/56, Plaintiff's bond

15 May 1640

That he was to 'appear in the Court in the Painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by Thomas Jones [his mark].

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


No Thomas Jones of Maesbrook Green appears in the 1623 Visitation but this Thomas Jones may have been the second son of Edward Jones and Mary, daughter of Robert Powell of the Parke, near Whittington, co. Salop.

G. Grazebrook and J. P. Rylands (eds.), The Visitation of Shropshire taken in the year 1623, vol. I (Publications of the Harleian Society, 28, 1889), p. 282.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 5/57 (22 May 1640)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 5/56 (15 May 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Jones, Edward
  • Jones, Mary
  • Jones, Thomas, gent
  • Floyd, Edward
  • Gething, Thomas
  • Longland, John
  • Paine, John the younger
  • Powell, Mary
  • Powell, Robert

Places mentioned in the case

  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Salop / Shropshire
    • Kinnerley
    • Maesbrook Green
    • Osbaston
    • Whittington

Topics of the case

  • assault
  • challenge to a duel
  • denial of gentility
  • threatened violence