473 Office Of Judge v Merriall

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Office of the Judge v William Merriall of East Bradenham, co. Norfolk



This appears to have been a contempt case, arising out of Merriall's alleged assault on Richard Stoddard at the Vintage Tavern in Thames Street, London on 5 December 1639, described in the action brought by Sir Henry Hungate against Merriall. [See cause 317].

Plaintiff's case

14/3cc, Defence interrogatories

1. Was the witness a household servant to Sir Henry Hungate?

2. Exactly where and when was the alleged violence perpetrated?

3. Was the witness himself present at the time and place of the alleged act? How was the violence provoked? What words did Richard Stoddard give at the time and place against Merioll?

4. How was Stoddard injured by the alleged violence? Were Stoddard and Merioll immediately reconciled?

Speak the truth of what you know, believe or have heard.

Signed by William Merrick.

No date [1640]


William Merriall did not appear in the Visitations of Norfolk of 1613 and 1664: W. Rye (ed.), The Visitation of Norfolk of 1563, 1589 and 1613 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 33, 1891); A. W. Hughes Clarke and A. Campling (eds.), The Visitation of Norfolk, anno domini 1664, part I (Publications of the Harleian Society, 85, 1933); A. W. Hughes Clarke and A. Campling (eds.), The Visitation of Norfolk, 1664, part II (Publications of the Harleian Society, 86, 1934).


  • Plaintiff's case
    • Defence interrogatories: 14/3cc (1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Hungate, Henry, knight
  • Merriall, William (also Merrioll)
  • Merrick, William, lawyer
  • Stoddard, Richard

Places mentioned in the case

  • London
    • Thames Street
  • Norfolk
    • East Bradenham

Topics of the case

  • assault
  • cause of office
  • contempt of court