430 Molineux v Monday

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Sir Francis Molineux, of Teversal, co. Nottingham, bart v John Monday of Kirkby, co. Nottingham, gent

December 1640


Molyneux complained that in November 1640 Monday said to him, 'Sir Francis Mollineux you are a base fellowe and the next time I meete yow I will beate you', thereby provoking him to duel. Process was granted on 10 December 1640, and bond was entered to prosecute the case on the 14th ; but this was after the final sitting of the court.

Initial proceedings

5/183, Petition

In November 1640, 'John Monday of the parish of Kirkby in the county of Nottingham, gentleman, sayd to your peticoner these wordes in a very disgracefull manner, vizt. Sir Francis Mollineux you are a base fellowe and the next time I meete yow I will beate you, therby verie much provoakinge your peticoner to duell.'

Petitioned that Monday be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process, 10 December 1640.

5/182, Plaintiff's bond

14 December 1640

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

Signed by Edward Fitzrandolph (of Chesterfield, co. Derby), gent.

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


Sir Francis Molineux of Teversall, co. Nottingham, bart (c.1601-74), was the son of Sir John Molineux of Hawton, co. Nottingham, bart, and Isabell, daughter of Sir Anthony Markham of co. Lincoln. Sir Francis was high sheriff in 1648, and he married Theodosia, daughter to Sir Edward Heron of co. Lincoln.

G. W. Marshall (ed.), The Visitations of the County of Nottingham in the years 1569 and 1614 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 4, 1876), p. 74; G. D. Squibb (ed.), The Visitation of Nottinghamshire begun in 1662 and finished in 1664 (Publications of the Harleian Society, new series, 5, 1986), pp. 24-5; G. E. Cokayne (ed.), The Complete Baronetage, 1611-25 (Exeter, 1900), vol. 1, p. 48.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 5/183 (10 Dec 1640)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 5/182 (14 Dec 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Fitzrandolph, Edward, gent
  • Heron, Edward, knight
  • Heron, Theodosia
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Longland, John
  • Markham, Anthony, knight
  • Markham, Isabell
  • Monday, John, gent
  • Molineux, Francis, baronet (also Molyneux)
  • Molineux, Isabell (also Molyneux)
  • Molineux, John, baronet (also Molyneux)
  • Molineux, Theodosia (also Molyneux)

Places mentioned in the case

  • Derbyshire
    • Chesterfield
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Nottinghamshire
    • Hawton
    • Kirkby
    • Teversal

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility
  • high sheriff
  • office-holding
  • provocative of a duel
  • threatened violence