471 Office Of The Judge v Bowne

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Office of the Judge v Abraham Bowne of Nottingham, gent

June - October 1634


This was a cause of office against Bowne arising out of the challenge to his gentility during his action against Henry Throgmorton [see cause 61]. He was required to exhibit his pedigree and prove his gentility before Garter, Norroy and the heralds on 30 June 1634. Subsequently on 20 October the testimony of the heralds was required by the court; but the end result of the cause is not known.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck acted as promoter for the office of the judge. On 30 June 1634 Bowne was ordered to attend 'Sir John Burrows Garter and Sir Wm Neave knight Norroy and the rest of the officers at Armes, to informe them of the truth and his right in the pedigrees by him exhibited into court that from *them* the court might receave certificate accordinglie.' On 20 October 1634 the testimony of the heralds was required to certify Bowne's genealogy


No Abraham Bowne or Bourne appeared in the Nottinghamshire Visitation of 1662-4:

G. D. Squibb (ed.), The Visitation of Nottinghamshire begun in 1662 and finished in 1664 (Publications of the Harleian Society, new series, 5, 1986).

See also G. D. Squibb, Reports of Heraldic Cases in the Court of Chivalry, 1623-1732 (London, 1956), p. 7.


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings: 8/23 (30 Jun 1634)
    • Proceedings before Arundel: 1/1 (20 Oct 1634)

People mentioned in the case

  • Bowne, Abraham, gent (also Bourne)
  • Burrows, John, knight (also Burrough)
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Le Neve, William, knight
  • Throgmorton, Henry, gent (also Throckmorton)

Places mentioned in the case

  • Nottinghamshire
    • Nottingham

Topics of the case

  • cause of office
  • false claim to gentility
  • Herald
  • King of Arms