479 Officers Of Arms v James

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Officers of Arms v John James of Northcourt, co. Kent, esq



This was one of a number of office cases from late 1636 and early 1637 in which gentry were cited to appear for non-payment of fees to the heralds after their fathers' funerals, in this case the funeral of Henry James of Northcourt, Kent, esq.

Summary of proceedings

Damaged proceedings before Lord Maltravers survive for c. 1636-8.


John James was described as the son of Henry James of Northcourt, co. Kent, esq. No John or Henry James of Northcourt are mentioned in the Visitations, but a Henry James of Canterbury is mentioned in the 1663-8 Visitation, along with a Henry and John James, both sons of William James of Ightham, co. Kent. Henry son of John James of Woodnesborough, aged 14 was mentioned in the Visitation of 1619-21.

R. Hovenden (ed.), The Visitation of Kent taken in the years 1619-21 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 42, 1898), p. 1; G. J. Armytage (ed.), A Visitation of the County of Kent, 1663-8 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 54, 1906), pp. 14, 87.


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings: College of Arms MS. 'Court of Chivalry' (act book, 1636-8) [pressmark R. R. 68C], fos. 60r-61r (c. 1636-7)

People mentioned in the case

  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • James, Henry, esq
  • James, John, esq
  • James, William

Places mentioned in the case

  • Kent
    • Ightham
    • Northcourt
    • Woodnesborough

Topics of the case

  • cause of office
  • funeral ceremony