401 Mallock v Terrell

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Roger Mallock of the city of Exeter, gent v William Terrell of the same, merchant

November 1638 - February 1640

Figure 401:

Early Stuart Exeter: Roger Mallock and William Terrell quarrelled there in 1638 (From John Speed, Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain (1611))


Dr Talbot presented the libel on Mallock's behalf in November 1638 and proceedings continued in January 1639; but the cause and result of Mallock's complaint against Terrell remain unknown.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Parry and Dr Talbot acted as counsel for Mallock and Dr Martin for Terrell.

On 6 November 1638 Terrell was to appear in person and Dr Talbot was to prove the libel. On 20 November Dr Talbot was to relate the libel and Mallock's gentility. On 28 November and 5 December Dr Martin was required to respond to the libel. There were further proceedings on 28 January 1639 and 4 February 1640.


Neither party appeared in F. T. Colby (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1620 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 6, 1872).

Roger Mallack was a councillor of Exeter who played an important parting the royalist administration of the city during the civil wars as well as serving as a captain of an Exeter trained band. He was fined after the parliamentarians recaptured the city, despite dubiously claiming that the royalists had fined him £500 for supporting Parliament.

M. Stoyle, From Deliverance to Destruction: Rebellion and Civil War in an English City (Exeter, 1994), pp. 88-9, 95, 131.


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: R.19, fos. 454r-468v (6 Nov 1638)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: R.19, fos. 400v-412v (20 Nov 1638)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: R.19, fos. 422r-428r (28 Nov 1638)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: R.19, fos. 474r-484v (5 Dec 1638)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 1/9 (28 Jan 1639)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 8/31 (4 Feb 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Mallock, Roger, gent (also Mallack)
  • Martin, Joseph, lawyer
  • Parry, George, lawyer
  • Talbot, Clere, lawyer
  • Terrell, William, merchant

Places mentioned in the case

  • Exeter

Topics of the case

  • civil war
  • corporation
  • military officer
  • office-holding
  • royalist