49 Blagrave v Noye

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Joseph Blagrave of Reading, co. Berkshire, gent v Humfrey Noye, gent

February 1640


Blagrave claimed that while out riding with other gentlemen in December 1638, Noye had called him 'a base fellow, a lyinge fellow' and affirmed that he was 'noe gent and that he would maintaine it with his sword'. Blagrave claimed that Noye would have assaulted him if the rest of the company had not prevented him. Process was granted on 10 February 1640; but no further proceedings survives.

Initial proceedings

2/40, Petition to Arundel

'On or about the [left blank] day of December 1638 your petitioner rideinge upon the way in company with Mr Humfrey Noye and others Noye began to quarrel with your petitioner gave him often times the lye and called your petitioner base fellowe, a lyinge fellowe and affirmed that your petitioner was noe gent and that he would maintaine it with his sword and there upon drew upon your petitioner; and had mischieved your petitioner had not he bin prevented by the company, for all which your petitioner doth humbly appeale to your lordships wonted justice and nobleness for redresse herein.'

Petitioned that Noye be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process on 10 February 1640.

2/38, Plaintiff's bond

12 February 1640

Bound to appear 'in the Court in the painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by Joseph Blagrave.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of John Watson.


Joseph Blagrave of Reading was the fifth son of Alexander Blagrave of Southcott, co. Berkshire. A Humphrey Noy was later a colonel of foot in the royalist army.

W. H. Rylands (ed.), The Four Visitations of Berkshire, 1532, 1566, 1623, 1665-6 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 57, 1908), vol. 2, p.72; P. R. Newman, Royalist Officers in England and Wales, 1642-1660: A biographical dictionary (London, 1981), p. 276.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition to Arundel: 2/40 (10 Feb 1640)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 2/38 (12 Feb 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Blagrave, Alexander
  • Blagrave, Joseph, gent
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Noye, Humfrey, gent (also Noy, Noyes)
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Berkshire
    • Reading
    • Southcott
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility
  • giving the lie
  • royalist
  • weapon