40 Bendish v Perry

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Sir Thomas Bendish of Bower Hall, Steeple Bumpstead, Essex, bart v Henry Perry

June 1638


Bendish complained that Perry had given him 'scandalous and uncivill speeches'. He won the verdict and Perry made his submission on 15 June 1638, acknowledging 'that if I had spoken of him in that scandalous manner as the charge against me imported I had done basely, and foolishly' and promising to 'make good by my future respective and honourable carriage towards him.'


EM122, Submission

'Being convented before the right honorable Thomas Earle of Arundell and Surrey, Earle Marshall of England, and charged with scandalous and uncivill speeches used by me of Sir Thomas Bendish, Barronnett, I do hereby freely and ingeniously confesse that, being in passion, I did unadvisedly utter some words concerning Sir Thomas Bendish wherein I did forget that respect which is due from me to a person of his qualitie and merit, for which I am very hartely sorry, and humbly crave his pardon for the same. And, as I do find that the words have been construed and taken in farr worse sence then ever was intended by me, so I do acknowledge that Sir Thomas Bendish is a gent. of very good worth, and that if I had spoken of him in that scandalous manner as the charge against me imported, I had done basely, and foolishly; all which I make good by my future respective and honourable carriage towards him, whereby I doubt not but to regaine his favour, and good opinion, which I much desire. In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand the 15 of June 1638.'

Signed by Henry Perry.


Sir Thomas Bendish of Bower Hall, Steeple Bumpstead, co. Essex, baronet (1607-1674), was the son of Sir Thomas Bendish, first baronet (c.1568-1636) and Dorothy, daughter of Richard Cutts of Arkesden. In 1637 he married Anne, daughter of Henry Baker of North Shoebury, co. Essex. He was appointed to the commission of the peace for Essex in May 1638. He was a committed royalist during the civil wars and reputedly sent the King £3,000, for which he was sequestrated by Parliament and fined £1,500 in August 1644.

L. Saunders, 'Sir Thomas Bendish, second baronet (1607-1674)', Oxford DNB (Oxford, 2004); W. C. Metcalfe (ed.), The Visitations of Essex, 1552, 1558, 1570, 1612 and 1634 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 13, 1878), vol. 1, p. 346; G. E. Cokayne (ed.), The Complete Baronetage, 1611-25 (Exeter, 1900), vol. 1, p. 64; J. Broadway, R. Cust and S. K. Roberts (eds.), A Calendar of the Docquets of Lord Keeper Coventry, 1625-40 (List and Index Society, special series, 34, 2004), part 1, p. 75.


  • Submission
    • Submission: EM122 (15 Jun 1638)

People mentioned in the case

  • Baker, Anne
  • Baker, Henry
  • Bendish, Anne
  • Bendish, Dorothy
  • Bendish, Thomas the elder, baronet
  • Bendish, Thomas the younger, baronet
  • Cutts, Dorothy
  • Cutts, Richard
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Perry, Henry
  • Stuart, Charles I, king

Places mentioned in the case

  • Essex
    • Arkesden
    • Bower Hall
    • North Shoebury
    • Steeple Bumpstead

Topics of the case

  • civil war
  • Parliament
  • royalist
  • sequestration