462 Newman v Hurley

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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John Newman, M.D. v Morice Hurley, gent

February 1638


Newman, a doctor of physic, complained that Hurley had called him 'Rogue' without provocation, and struck him eight times with a cudgel or staff before onlookers in Prince's Street, London on 17 February 1638. No further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

EM95, Petition

No date

Petitioned that Hurley be brought before the court for striking Newman eight times with a staff or cudgel in Princes Street that morning.

EM96, Affidavit

Laurence Kerivan of Galway, in Ireland, gent

17 February 1638

Deposed that he was with Newman at 9am on 17 February 1638 in Prince's Street, London, when Morice Hurley, gent, 'who without any words spoken or provocation given him by Mr Newman' called Newman 'Roague' and struck him 'with a cudgell divers times, in such violent manner, that divers people in the streete gathered about them, whereby Mr Newman was much disgraced.'

Taken before Jo. Mychell.

EM97, Affidavit
John Sibbere of St Giles-in-the-Fields, Middlesex, cordwinder

17 February 1638

'As he sat working in his shop this present Saterday morning he saw two gentlemen meet in Princes street with a third man, whose names this witness knoweth not, but as he is informed the one is named John Newman, Doctor of Physicke, the other Mr Hurley, upon which meetinge Mr Hurley did violently strike Mr Newman with a cudgill without any offence offered by Mr Newman as appeared to this witness.'

Taken before Jo. Mychell.


Neither party appeared among the Visitations of London: 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); J. Jackson Howard (ed.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and, 1635, vol. II (Publications of the Harleian Society, 17, 1883); J. B. Whitmore and A. W. Hughes Clarke (eds.), London Visitation Pedigrees, 1664 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 92, 1940).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: EM95 (no date)
    • Affidavit: EM96 (17 Feb 1638)
    • Affidavit: EM97 (17 Feb 1638)

People mentioned in the case

  • Hurley, Morice, gent
  • Kerivan, Lawrence, gent
  • Mychell, Jo.
  • Newman, John, physician
  • Sibbere, John, cordwinder

Places mentioned in the case

  • Ireland
    • Galway
  • London
    • Prince's Street
  • Middlesex
    • St Giles-in-the-Fields

Topics of the case

  • assault
  • weapon