436 Moore v Jenkin

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Gawen Moore of Quethiocke, co. Cornwall, gent v Richard Jenkin of the same, yeoman

December 1637 - February 1638


Moore complained that Jenkin had given him the lie in October 1637, and called him 'a base knave and a base cozening cheating knave'. Process was granted on 6 December 1637, and Dr Eden presented the libel on 12 February 1638; but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

3/59, Petition to Arundel

'The petitioner being a gentleman of armes and antient family was in October last much abused by many evill and base words given him by one Richard Jenkin of Quethicke in the countie of Cornewall, yeoman. Jenkin amongst other base fellows in a very opprobrious manner giving the petitioner the lye, and sayeing he was a base knave and a base cozening cheating knave, without any provocation.'

Petitioned that Jenkin be brought to answer.

Duck desired Dethick to grant process, 6 December 1637.

Signed by Arthur Duck.

13/1x, Citation

Jenkin to appear at the suit of Moore for scandalous words provocative of a duel.

Dated: 6 December 1637.

By the special direction of Gilbert Dethick, registrar.

3/60, Plaintiff's bond

6 December 1637

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

Signed by Henry Vincent of St Clement, co. Cornwall, gent on behalf of Moore.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of Humphrey Terrick.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Eden acted as counsel for Moore, and on 27 January 1638 Jenkin was required to appear in response to a summons. Dr Eden presented the libel on 12 February 1638.


No Gawen Moore of Quethiocke appeared in J. L. Vivian and H. H. Drake (eds.), The Visitation of the County of Cornwall in the Year 1620 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 9, 1874).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition to Arundel: 3/59 (6 Dec 1637)
    • Citation: 13/1x (6 Dec 1637)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 3/60 (6 Dec 1637)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 1/5, fos. 1-15 (27 Jan 1638)
    • Proceedings before Arundel: 1/5, fos. 23-35 (3 Feb 1638)
    • Proceedings before Arundel: 1/5, fos. 38-56 (12 Feb 1638)

People mentioned in the case

  • Dethick, Gilbert, registrar
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Eden, Thomas, lawyer
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Jenkin, Richard, yeoman
  • Moore, Gawen, gent
  • Terrick, Humphrey
  • Vincent, Henry, gent

Places mentioned in the case

  • Cornwall
    • Quethiock
    • St Clement
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • allegation of cheating
  • denial of gentility
  • giving the lie