483 Officers Of Arms v Polhill

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Officers of Arms v George Polhill of Shoreham, co. Kent, esq

November 1636 - January 1637


This was a cause of office in which Polhill was cited to appear in connection with non-payment of fees due to the heralds on the funeral of his father, Sir Thomas Polhill of Shoreham, Kent. No indication of sentence survives, but he was warned to pay these fees on 11, 16 February and 29 April 1637.

Initial proceedings

20/1b, Citation

Citation for non-payment of fees due on the death and funeral of his father.

Dated 8 November 1636.

'Mr George Polhill was summoned by virtue hereof xi December 1636'.

Signed by John Richardson.

Introduced 29 January 1637.

Summary of proceedings

No counsel was mentioned in this cause. On 28 January 1637 George Polhill was required to appear in person before the Earl of Arundel, Lord Maltravers and Sir Henry Marten. On 11 and 16 February, and then 29 April 1637 he was warned to pay the officers of arms their fees.


G. D. Squibb, Reports of Heraldic Cases in the Court of Chivalry, 1623-1732 (London, 1956), p. 24.

George Polhill, aged 7 at the 1619-21 Visitation, was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Polhill, co. Kent.

R. Hovenden (ed.), The Visitation of Kent taken in the years 1619-21 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 42, 1898), p. 88.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Citation: 20/1b (8 Nov 1636)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: College of Arms MS. 'Court of Chivalry' (act book, 1636-8) [pressmark R. R. 68C] (hereafter 68C), fos. 51r-59r (28 Jan 1637)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 23r-36v (11 Feb 1637)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 14r-20v (16 Feb 1637)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 37r-41v (29 Apr 1637)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 68C, fos. 60r-61r (c.1636-8)

People mentioned in the case

  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Marten, Henry, knight
  • Polhill, George, esq
  • Polhill, Thomas, knight
  • Richardson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Kent
    • Shoreham

Topics of the case

  • cause of office
  • funeral ceremony
  • Herald