424 Midleton v Atlee

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Richard Midleton of Southwark, co. Surrey, gent v Roger Atlee of St Saviour, Southwark, co. Surrey, plumber

September 1639


Midleton complained that on 6 August 1639 in the street in Southwark, Atlee told him that he was 'a base dishonest knave and a rascall' and that his 'credit was as good or better' than Midleton's. Process was granted on 14 September 1639 and Midleton entered bond on the 16th; but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

6/35, Petition

'The petitioner is a gentleman descended of an ancient familie. One Roger Atlee of the parish of St Saviour in Southwarke, plumber, did one the sixt day of August last past publiquelie in the open streete in Southwarke, very much abuse your petitioner; and amongst other scandalous and provokinge speeches told your petitioner that he was a base dishonest knave and a rascall, and that his credit was as good or better then your peticoner's, together with divers other opprobrious speeches much provoking your petitioner to duell.'

Petitioned that Atlee be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process on 14 September 1639.

6/34, Plaintiff's bond

16 September 1639

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

Signed by William Marsh of Holy Trinity, Minories, London, gent., on behalf of Richard Midleton.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of John Watson.


Richard Middleton of St Saviour's parish, Southwark, gent, was the son of Arthur Middleton of London and Mary, daughter of John Kilburne of Saffron Walden, co. Essex. Richard married Joane, daughter of William Mathews of Reigate, co. Surrey.

G. J. Armytage (ed.), A Visitation of the County of Surrey begun in 1662 and finished in 1668 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 60, 1910), p. 82.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 6/35 (14 Sep 1639)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 6/34 (16 Sep 1639)

People mentioned in the case

  • Atlee, Roger, plumber
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Kilburne, John
  • Kilburne, Mary
  • Marsh, William, gent
  • Mathews, Joane
  • Mathews, William
  • Middleton, Arthur
  • Middleton, Joane
  • Middleton, Mary
  • Midleton, Richard, gent (also Middleton)
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Essex
    • Saffron Walden
  • London
    • Holy Trinity, Minories
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Surrey
    • Reigate
    • St Saviour, Southwark

Topics of the case

  • allegation of cheating
  • comparison
  • denial of gentility