410 March v Coppin

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410 MARCH V COPPIN

Seales March of Deal, co. Kent, gent v Josuah Coppin of the city of Canterbury

June 1635

Abstract

March complained that in the presence of many persons Coppin called him 'a rogue, a rascall, a coward, and threw nutshells in his face'. He allegedly added, 'tell his Capt[ain] (meaning William Bing, esq, Capt[ain] of Deale Castle) March is a base slave and a villaine, and what is his Capt[ain] but Capt[ain] of Deale Castle.'

Edward Moning of Walmer, esq, Richard Selwin of Sandwich, gent, and Edward Boyse of Bonnington, esq, served as commissioners for Coppin. There were court proceedings in June 1635, but nothing further survives.

Initial proceedings

R.19, fo.9v, Summary of libel

'Seales March for 5 yeares past is and hath bin Gentleman Porter of the King's Majestie's Castle of Deale, one of his Majestie's commissioners for the passage at Deale. And that Coppin before many persons (such a time and place) said that March was a villain, a rogue, a rascall, a coward, and threw nutshells in his face, thereby to provoke and c. And then and there with an angry countenance said tell his Capt[ain] (meaning William Bing, esq, Capt[ain] of Deale Castle) March is a base slave and a villaine, and what is his Capt[ain] but Capt[ain] of Deale Castle.'

1635

No signature.

Defendant's case

7/69, Names of commissioners for the defendant

29 December, no year

Names of commissioner for Mr Coppin in the cause where Mr Serles March is appellant.

Edward Moning of Walmer, esq

Richard Selwin of Sandwich, gent

Edward Boyse of Bonnington, esq.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck was counsel for Coppin. There were proceedings before the earl of Huntingdon and Lord Maltravers on 9 and 20 June 1635.

Notes

Mary, daughter of Sarles March of Postling, co. Kent, married Andrew Rand of Ripple. Joshua Coppin appeared in neither of the Kent Visitations.

R. Hovenden (ed.), The Visitation of Kent taken inthe years 1619-21 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 42, 1898); G. J. Armytage (ed.), A Visitation of the County of Kent, 1663-8 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 54, 1906), p. 136.

Documents

  • Initial proceedings
    • Libel: R.19, fo. 9v (1635)
  • Defendant's case
    • Names of commissioners for the defendant: 7/69 (29 Dec 1635?)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: 8/24 (9 Jun 1635)
    • Proceedings before Huntingdon: 8/25 (20 Jun 1635)
    • Undated proceedings: R.19, fos. 390-399 (c. Jun 1635?)

People mentioned in the case

  • Bing, William, esq
  • Boyse, Edward, esq
  • Coppin, Josuah
  • Hastings, Henry, earl of Huntingdon
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • March, Mary
  • March, Seales, gent
  • Moning, Edward, esq (also Monins)
  • Rand, Andrew
  • Rand, Mary
  • Selwin, Richard, gent (also Selwyn)

Places mentioned in the case

  • Kent
    • Bonnington
    • Deal
    • Sandwich
    • Postling
    • Ripple
    • Walmer

Topics of the case

  • allegation of cowardice
  • denial of gentility
  • military officer