366 Leigh v Snow

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366 LEIGH V SNOW

George Leigh of Wotton, co. Gloucester, gent v John Snow and Thomas Snow, both of the same

Trinity term - October 1637

Abstract

Leigh complained that John and Thomas Snow had said that he 'was noe gentleman, but descended of the base stock of the Whorewoods', thereby to provoke him to a duel. On 14 October 1637 Dr Duck, acting on behalf of the Snows, requested that the case be dismissed after a document was found to be missing.

Initial proceedings

R.19, fo. 28r, Summary of libel

'I, Leigh, and my ancestors, is and have bin, gentlemen descended of a family of gentry and soe commonly reputed. John Snow and *Tho.* Snowe (att such time and place) said that I, Leigh, was noe gentleman, but descended of the base stock of the Whorewoods, or words to the like effect, thereby to provoke and c.'

Third session, Trinity term, 1637.

No signature.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Talbot acted as counsel for Leigh and Dr Duck for the Snows. The case was referred to Sir Henry Marten on 14 October 1637, when Dr Duck, on behalf of the Snows requested that the case be dismissed after a document was found to be missing and Dr Talbot was allowed to go to search for it.

Notes

George Leigh of Wotton, co. Gloucester, may have been a younger son of Sir William Leigh of Longborough, co. Gloucester, knt.

T. Fitzroy Fenwick and W. C. Metcalfe (eds.), The Visitation of the County of Gloucester, 1682-3 (Exeter, 1884), p. 35.

Documents

  • Initial proceedings
    • Summary of libel: R.19, fo. 28r (Tri 1637)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: 8/26 (14 Oct 1637)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 8/27 (14 Oct 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Leigh, George, gent
  • Leigh, William, knight
  • Marten, Henry, knight
  • Snow, John
  • Snow, Thomas
  • Talbot, Clere, lawyer
  • Whorewood

Places mentioned in the case

  • Gloucestershire
    • Longborough
    • Wotton

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility
  • provocative of a duel