494 Osboldston v Mungre

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Robert Osboldston of London, gent v William Mungre of St Olave, Southwark, co. Surrey, gent

May - November 1636


Proceedings survive from May - November 1636, but they do not indicate the cause or outcome of Robert Osboldston's complaint against Mungre. [For Mungre's counter suit see cause 452.]

Summary of proceedings

Dr Eden acted as counsel for Osboldston and Dr Duck for Mungre. There were proceedings, now damaged, in this cause before Arundel, Maltravers and Marten in May and June 1636. On 15 June 1636 Mungre was required to defend himself and respond. On 8 November 1636 the cause was dismissed but suspended on the special mandate of the Lieutenant for Osboldston to prosecute.


Robert Osboldston of London (d. c.1669), citizen and haberdasher, was the son of Lambert Osboldston of St Olave, Southwark, citizen and haberdasher, and Martha, daughter of Alexander Bankes of St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge. Robert married Rebecca, daughter of John Nethersole of co. Kent. William Mungre did not appear among the Visitations of London.

Robert Osboldston was a linen draper with close family connections to the pre-1640 church establishment in London. He was also a toll collector on London Bridge. He became prominent in the peace movement, for which he was arrested on 8 December 1642, prompting an unruly demonstration from over 300 of his supporters. He also failed to pay parliamentary assessments and had protested at the violent removal of the altar rails in St Olave's, Southwark.

J. Jackson Howard and J. L. Chester (eds.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and, 1635, vol. I (Publications of the Harleian Society, 15, 1880); J. Jackson Howard (ed.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and, 1635, vol. II (Publications of the Harleian Society, 17, 1883); J. B. Whitmore and A. W. Hughes Clarke (eds.), London Visitation Pedigrees, 1664 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 92, 1940), p. 106; K. Lindley, Popular Politics in Civil War London (Aldershot, 1997), pp. 64, 65, 175, 240, 337-8, 341, 343.


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: College of Arms MS. 'Court of Chivalry' (act book, 1636-8) [pressmark R.R. 68C] (hereafter 68C), fos. 89r-100r (May 1636)
    • Proceedings before Sir Henry Marten: 68C, fos. 84r-88v (9 May 1636)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 68C, fos. 112r-121v(Jun 1636)
    • Proceedings before Sir Henry Marten: 68C, fo. 111r (14 Jun 1636)
    • Proceedings before Sir Henry Marten: 68C, fos. 111r-v (15 Jun 1636)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 105r-110v (8 Nov 1636)

People mentioned in the case

  • Bankes, Alexander
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Eden, Thomas, lawyer
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Marten, Henry, knight
  • Mungre, William, gent
  • Nethersole, John
  • Nethersole, Rebecca
  • Osboldston, Lambert (also Osbaston)
  • Osboldston, Martha (also Osbaston)
  • Osboldston, Robert, gent (also Osbaston)

Places mentioned in the case

  • London
    • London Bridge
    • St Magnus the Martyr
  • Surrey
    • St Olave, Southwark

Topics of the case

  • civil war
  • royalist
  • taxation