526 Pomeroy v Bond

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Thomas Pomeroy of Ingsdon, co. Devon, esq v Humphrey Bond of Highweek, co. Devon

May - June 1639

Figure 526:

Ingsdon House, Devon, residence of Thomas Pomeroy, esq.


Pomeroy, a captain of a trained band, complained that on 8 February 1639 Bond had insulted him in the house of Mr Westlake, a lawyer, at Newton Abbot, Devon, saying 'that if he had mett your petitioner out of that towne he would have taken downe his breeches and have whipt his tayle'. The two parties entered bonds in May-June 1639, but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

6/136, Petition to Maltravers

'Your petitioner being about the 8th of February last at the howse of one Mr Westlake a lawyer in Newton within the county of Devon, one Humphry Bond of Highweeke in the county came allsoe into the house, and after some conference between your petitioner and Bond, Bond (without any cause given) tooke occasion to quarrel with your petitioner and, after much fowle language, told your petitioner divers tymes that he lyed, and that if he had mett your petitioner out of that towne he would have taken downe his breeches and have whipt his tayle, your petitioner being a captayn of a trayn band in that county.'

Petitioned that Bond be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process on 20 May 1639.

6/135, Plaintiff's bond

30 May 1639

Bound to appear 'in the Court in the painted chamber within the pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by Thomas Pomeroy.

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Joseph Martyn.

6/78, Defendant's bond

25 June 1639

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

Signed by Humphrey Bond.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of John Watson.


Possibly a relative of the Hugh Pomeroy who was knighted and a royalist in arms during the civil wars.

P.R. Newman, Royalist Officers in England and Wales, 1642-1660: A biographical dictionary (London, 1981), p. 300.

Barbara, daughter of Thomas Pomeroy of Ingsdon, esq, was contracted to marry Arthur Seccomb alias Thorne of North Petherwin parish, co. Devon. She later married a son of Philip Southcott.

F. T. Colby (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1620 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 6, 1872), pp. 255, 268.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition to Maltravers: 6/136 (20 May 1639)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 6/135 (30 May 1639)
    • Defendant's bond: 6/78 (25 Jun 1639)

People mentioned in the case

  • Bond, Humphrey
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Martin, Joseph, lawyer (also Martyn)
  • Pomeroy, Barbara
  • Pomeroy, Hugh, knight
  • Pomeroy, Thomas, esq
  • Seccomb alias Thorne, Arthur
  • Southcott, Barbara
  • Southcott, Philip
  • Watson, John
  • Westlake, Mr, lawyer

Places mentioned in the case

  • Devon
    • Highweek
    • Ingsdon
    • Newton Abbot
    • North Petherwin
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • civil war
  • giving the lie
  • military officer
  • royalist
  • threatened violence
  • trained band