404 Mansell v Taylor

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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John Mansell of Llanelli, co. Carmarthen, gent v Thomas Taylor of Bristol, ropemaker

July 1640 - December 1640


Mansell complained that Taylor gave him the lie in Cardiff on the 24 January 1640, calling him 'a base gentleman and a base Welch gentleman'. Process was granted on 10 July 1640 and on 4 December Dr Duck petitioned that Taylor be attached for his non-appearance. But the case was presumably lost with the suspension of the court's proceedings.

Initial proceedings

5/119, Plaintiff's bond

7 July 1640

Bound to 'appear in the court in the Painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

John Apperley of Llanddeilo Fawr, co. Carmarthen, acting on behalf of Mansell.

Signed by John Apperley.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of John Rainshaw, notary public.

5/120, Petition

'Your petitioner is a gentleman of an ancient family of gentry bearing armes. And that Thomas Taylor of the City of Bristowe, ropemaker, said before divers persons in Cardiff on the 24th of January 1639 that your petitioner was a base gentleman and a base Welch gentleman; and gave your petitioner the lye with many other opprobrious wordes thereby much provoking your petitioner to duell.'

Petitioned that Taylor be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process, 10 July 1640.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck was counsel for Mansell and on 4 December 1640 he petitioned that Taylor be attached for his non-appearance.


John Mansell did not appear in M. P. Siddons (ed.), Visitations by the Heralds in Wales (Publications of the Harleian Society, new series, 14, 1996).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Plaintiff's bond: 5/119 (7 Jul 1640)
    • Petition: 5/120 (10 Jul 1640)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 1/11, fos. 79r-87v (4 Dec 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Apperley, John
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Mansell, John, gent
  • Rainshaw, John, notary public
  • Taylor, Thomas, ropemaker

Places mentioned in the case

  • Carmarthen
    • Llanelli
    • Llanddeilo Fawr
  • Glamorganshire
    • Cardiff
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Wales

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility
  • giving the lie