459 Nevill v Davy

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459 NEVILL V DAVY

Gervase Nevill of All Hallows, London Wall, surgeon v Henry Davy of St Catherine Cree, London, gent

November 1637

Abstract

Nevill complained that Davy was instigating legal proceedings against him at the Guildhall, and had said 'that he would have me hold up my hand at the barr for killing his mother'. He also claimed Davy had said, 'Sirra, sirra, it shall cost me 500li but I will make you goe upon your twelve Godfathers for killing my mother'. No further proceedings survive. [For Davy's countersuit, see cause 151].

Initial proceedings

17/3l, Libel

1. Nevill was part of a family that had been reputed gentry for up to 100 years, but Davy was instigating legal proceedings against him at the Guildhall and had said 'that he would have me hold up my hand at the barr for killing his mother'. Davy had also said, 'Sirra, sirra, it shall cost me 500li but I will make you goe upon your twelve Godfathers for killing my mother'.

Dated 28 November 1637.

No signatures.

Notes

Henry Davy (b. c.1610) may have been the son of Henry Davy of London, vintner and Alice, daughter of a Mr Miller of co. York. No Gervase Nevill is mentioned in the London Visitations. In 1638 one Henry Davy, a silkman, was the partner of Francis Allen, a future London alderman and leading Independent.

J. Jackson Howard and J. L. Chester (eds.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and, 1635, vol. I (Publications of the Harleian Society, 15, 1880), p. 221; K. Lindley, Popular Politics in Civil War London (Aldershot, 1997), p. 321.

Documents

  • Initial proceedings
    • Libel: 17/3l (28 Nov 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Allen, Francis, alderman
  • Davy, Alice
  • Davy, Henry, gent
  • Davy, Henry, vintner
  • Miller, Alice
  • Miller, Mr
  • Nevill, Gervase, surgeon (also Neville)

Places mentioned in the case

  • London
    • All Hallows, London Wall
    • Guildhall
    • St Catherine Cree

Topics of the case

  • allegation of murder
  • calling sirrah
  • previous litigation