419 Merry v Merry

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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419 MERRY V MERRY

Henry Merry of Barton Park, Barton Blount, co. Derby, esq v Edmond Merry and Thomas Basse

No date

Abstract

Merry, the son of Sir Henry Merry, complained that Basse and Edmond Merry had said he was 'a base gentleman and not so good a gent. as they, and that they would prove him so, and maynteyne it'. Henry petitioned that they be brought to answer, but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

EM318, Petition

'Your honor's petitioner hath lately been much wronged in his credit and repute by Edmond Merry and Thomas Basse, who have divers times published and reputed that your petitioner is a base gentleman and not so good a gent as they, and that they would prove him so, and maynteyne it, with many other disgraceful speeches tending to quarrels and challenges, and to provoke your petitioner by odious and base comparisons, whereas your honor's petitioner, being the only son of Sir Henry Merry, knight, deceased is an ancient gent. and well descended both by father's and mother's side, and married into an honorable and ancient family.'

Petitioned that Edmond Merry and Thomas Basse be brought to answer.'

No date.

No signatures.

Notes

Henry Merry of Barton Park, Barton Blount, co. Derby, was the son of John Merry of London. Henry married Margaret Palmer of Kegworth, co. Leicester and fathered three sons, Sir Henry Merry of Barton Park, John Merry of Brizlincote Hall, Bretby, co. Derby, and Edmund Merry, who married Joyce, daughter to Edward Hawford of Kegworth. Henry Merry compounded for having gone into the royalist garrison at Tutbury. He claimed that although he was never in arms for the royalists his house was garrisoned and then ransacked by parliamentarian troops.

G. D. Squibb (ed.), The Visitation of Derbyshire, 1662-4 (Publications of the Harleian Society, new series, 8, 1989), p. 125; CCCD , vol. 2, p. 1380.

Documents

  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: EM318 (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Basse, Thomas
  • Hawford, Edward
  • Hawford, Joyce
  • Merry, Edmond
  • Merry, Edmund
  • Merry, Henry, esq
  • Merry, Henry, knight
  • Merry, John
  • Merry, Joyce
  • Merry, Margaret
  • Palmer, Margaret

Places mentioned in the case

  • Derbyshire
    • Barton Park, Barton Blount
    • Brizlincote Hall, Bretby
    • Tutbury
  • Leicestershire
    • Kegworth
  • London

Topics of the case

  • civil war
  • comparison
  • denial of gentility