480 Officers Of Arms v Kirkham

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Officers of Arms v Robert Kirkham of Fineshade Abbey, co. Northampton

September 1637


This was a cause of office in which Dr Duck informed Gilbert Dethick that the heralds desired a monition against Kirkham. Kirkham's commissioners, headed by Richard Stacy of Castle Bytham, Lincoln, gent, were required to meet at Uppingham,Rutland. The cause and result of the case remain unclear, but it probably concerned non-payment of fees at the funeral of Walter Kirkham of Fineshade Abbey, esq.

Initial proceedings

3/138, Fiat

'Mr Dethick

The heralds desire monitions against Tho Dove esq of Upton in the county of Northampton, executor to Sir William Dove, knt., deceased, and also against Robert Kirkham, heir and executor of Walter Kirkham of Finisted Abbey in co. Northampton, which I pray make for them.'

29 September 1637

Signed by Arthur Duck.

7/78, Names of commissioners

'Commissioners names for Mr Kirckham

Richard Stacy of Castle Botham in the county of Lincoln gent

Ambrose Broughton of Seaton in the county of Rutland gent

Ismaell Blofield of Warmington in the county of Northampton gent

William Bellamy in the county of Northampton gent

To be spedd at Uppingham.'

No date.


The family details given in the Visitation of 1681 do not match those given in the Court of Chivalry.

Walter Kirkham of Fineshade Abbey (b.1617) was the son of Robert Kirkham of Fineshade Abbey, and Anne, daughter of Francis Browne of co. Rutland. Walter attended St John's College, Cambridge in 1637 and married Mary, daughter of Sir John Norwich of Brampton, co. Northampton, knt and bart.

H. I. Longden (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Northampton in the year 1681 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 87, 1935), p. 101.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Fiat: 3/138 (29 Sep 1637)
    • Names of commissioners: 7/78 (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Bellamy, William, gent
  • Blofield, Ismael, gent
  • Broughton, Ambrose, gent
  • Browne, Anne
  • Browne, Francis
  • Dethick, Gilbert, registrar
  • Dove, Thomas, esq
  • Dove, William, knight
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Kirkham, Anne
  • Kirkham, Robert
  • Kirkham, Walter
  • Norwich, John, knight and baronet
  • Stacy, Richard, gent

Places mentioned in the case

  • Cambridge
    • St John's College
    • University of Cambridge
  • Lincolnshire
    • Castle Bytham
  • Northamptonshire
    • Brampton Ash
    • Fineshade Abbey
    • Upton
    • Warmington
  • Rutland
    • Seaton
    • Uppingham

Topics of the case

  • cause of office
  • funeral ceremony
  • Herald