519 Pilkington v Dan

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George Pilkington of Worthington, co. Leicester, gent v Ralph Dan of Donington, co. Lincoln, saddler

November 1639


Pilkington complained that Dan had claimed that he was as good a man as Pilkington, called him 'a base gentleman', and 'bidd fart in his mouth, and tould him that he should weare a coxcombe'. Process was granted and Pilkington entered bond to prosecute the cause on 23 November 1639; but nothing further survives.

Initial proceedings

2/161, Petition to Arundel

'Ralph Dann, sadler, in publique and disgracefull manner, before divers persons, without any provocation, did give very uncivill and opprobrious tearmes to your petitioner, and alsoe made a comparison with him, affirming that he is as good a man as your petitioner, and bidd fart in his mouth, and tould him that he should weare a coxcombe, and said he was a base gentleman, with other reproachfull and provoking speeches, whereby the petitioner extremelie suffers in his reputacon, and being a gentleman of an ancient discent and famelie, capable of the releife and favour of this honorable court.'

Petitioned that Dan be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process on 23 November 1639.

2/160, Plaintiff's bond

23 November 1639

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

Signed by George Pilkington.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of Humphrey Terrick.


George Pilkington was either the brother or fifth son of Edward Pilkington of Stanton, co. Derby and Worthington, co. Leicester. Edward's brother George Pilkington of Barston [Barton-under-Needwood, co. Stafford] also had a son named George in the 1619 Visitation.

J. Fetherston (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Leicester in the year 1619 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 2, 1870), p. 78.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 2/161 (23 Nov 1639)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 2/160 (23 Nov 1639)

People mentioned in the case

  • Dan, Ralph, saddler
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Pilkington, Edward
  • Pilkington, George, gent
  • Terrick, Humphrey

Places mentioned in the case

  • Derbyshire
    • Stanton
  • Leicestershire
    • Worthington
  • Lincolnshire
    • Donington
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Staffordshire
    • Barton-under-Needwood

Topics of the case

  • comparison
  • denial of gentility
  • scatological insult