496 Owen v Brawne

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George Owen, York Herald v Sir Richard Brawne of co. Gloucester, knt

February 1636


Owen, who was York Herald, complained that in St Dunstan-in-the-West, London, in July 1635, Brawne said to him, 'You goe upp and downe the country sharking and cheating', which words were provocative of a duel. No further proceeding or indication of sentence survives.

Initial proceedings

17/1a, Libel

Between February and March 1635, he was involved in a visitation of Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Then in July, in St Dunstan-in-the-West, London, Sir Richard Brawne said to him 'you goe upp and downe the country, sharking and cheating', which words were provocative of a duel.

Dated 11 February 1636.

Signed by Arthur Duck.


G. D. Squibb, Reports of Heraldic Cases in the Court of Chivalry, 1623-1732 (London, 1956), p. 23.

The Visitation of 1623 mentions a Richard Brayne of Littledean, co. Gloucester. On 1 October 1626, George Beard and his wife Anne, were licensed to alienate land in co. Gloucester to Sir Richard Brawne. George Owen was appointed York herald on 3 January 1634.

J. Maclean and W. C. Heane (eds.), The Visitation of the County of Gloucester, 1623 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 21, 1885), p. 208; J. Broadway, R. Cust and S. K. Roberts (eds.), A Calendar of the Docquets of Lord Keeper Coventry, 1625-1640 (List and Index Society, special series, 34 and 36, 2004), part 1, p. 189; part 3, p. 550.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Libel: 17/1a (11 Feb 1636)

People mentioned in the case

  • Beard, Anne
  • Beard, George
  • Brawne, Richard, knight
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Owen, George, herald

Places mentioned in the case

  • Gloucestershire
    • Littledean
  • London
    • St Dunstan-in-the-West

Topics of the case

  • allegation of cheating
  • provocative of a duel