502 Parker v Sheppard

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Erasmus Parker, gent v Mary Sheppard


Parker complained that Mary Sheppard had been involved in a quarrel with his wifeand offered her 'reproachfull words' while he was absent serving Arundel in Holland. Sheppard had then had Parker and his wife arrested and threatened Parker that she would 'not leave him worth a penny' and prevent him from voyaging to sea. Parker petitioned that Sheppard be brought before Arundel for 'appeasing of the controversy betwixt them', but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

EM323, Petition

'He was your lordship's servant 14 weeks in Holland when the Prince went over thither, wayting upon your honors there, in which time of service your petitioner's wife and one Mary Sheppard (your petitioner's next neighbour) falling at some words, your petitioner's wife upon Mary Sheppard's reproachfull words, tooke up a peece of wood, and throwing it, hit Mary and broke her head. And further sheweth that Mary is a very unquiet liver and setteth much strife amongst her neighbours, and upon Sunday last arrested your petitioner, and his wife upon a joynt accon, and not therewith contented saith that while she liveth she will trouble your petitioner, and not leave him worth a penny, before she hath done with him and that she will hinder his nowe voyage to sea, the which if she doth then it wilbe your petitioner's utter undoing he being but a poor man.'

Petitioned that Sheppard be brought to answer for 'the appeasing of the controversy betwixt them'.

No date.

No signatures.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: EM323 (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Parker, Erasmus, gent
  • Parker, Mrs
  • Sheppard, Mary

Places mentioned in the case

  • United Provinces
    • Holland

Topics of the case

  • assault