491 Officers Of Arms v Yelverton

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Officers of Arms v Sir Christopher Yelverton, of Easton Maudit, co. Northampton, knt

November 1636 - February 1637

Figure 491:

The funeral monument to Sir Henry Yelverton, judge (d.1630), father to Sir Christopher, in Easton Maudit church (Photograph: Richard Cust)


This was a cause of office promoted by the Officers of Arms against Yelverton for speaking derogatorily of the Earl Marshal and his court, and for not paying the fees due to the heralds on the funeral of his father who died on 24 January 1630 and was buried at Easton Maudit, Northamptonshire. This was one of a series of cases over funeral fees, most of which were brought in November 1636. The case had been settled by February 1637 when it was referred to by Sir Roger Twysden's account of the similar action that he faced [see cause 489].

Summary of proceedings

Latin description of a cause of office promoted by the officers of arms against Sir Christopher Yelverton for speaking derogatorily of the Earl Marshal and his court, and for not paying the fees due to the heralds on the funeral of his father.


G. D. Squibb, Reports of Heraldic Cases in the Court of Chivalry, 1623-1732 (London, 1956), p. 5.

Sir Christopher Yelverton of Easton Maudit, co. Northampton (c.1602-1654) was the son of Sir Henry Yelverton (d.1630) and Margaret, daughter of Robert Beale. Educated at Queen's College, Cambridge, he was knighted on 6 May 1623. He was M.P. for Newport in the Isle of Wight in 1626 and 1628. He was high sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1639-40 and was prosecuted for failing to fully collect ship money. He was granted a baronetcy in 1641, and served as M.P. for Bossiney, co. Cornwall, in the Long Parliament from 1640 until he was secluded by Pride's purge in December 1648.

M. F. Keeler, The Long Parliament, 1640-1641: A Biographical Dictionary of its Members (Philadelphia, 1954), pp. 403-4.


  • Proceedings
    • Order for particulars: 1/13 (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Beale, Margaret
  • Beale, Robert
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Twysden, Roger, baronet
  • Yelverton, Christopher, knight
  • Yelverton, Henry, knight
  • Yelverton, Margaret

Places mentioned in the case

  • Cambridgeshire
    • Queen's College
    • University of Cambridge
  • Cornwall
    • Bossiney
  • Isle of Wight
    • Newport
  • Northamptonshire
    • Easton Maudit

Topics of the case

  • cause of office
  • funeral ceremony
  • Herald
  • high sheriff
  • Long Parliament
  • office-holding
  • parliamentarian
  • ship money
  • taxation