529 Pomeroy v Geere

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Thomas Pomeroy of Ingsdon, co. Devon, esq v William Geere of Highweek, co. Devon, joiner

October 1639


Pomeroy, a captain in the trained bands, complained that in mid September 1639 he was at Wolborough, Devon, when Geere gave him the lie and told him he was 'a base beggarly fellowe'. Process was granted on 12 October 1639 and Pomeroy entered bond three days later; but no further proceedings survive. [For Pomeroy's prosecution of another man for a similar offence at nearby Newton Abbot, also in September 1639, see cause 530].

Initial proceedings

6/45, Petition

'Your petitioner, about the middle of September last, being at Woolborow in the county of Devon, and having some conference with one William Geere of the said towne, and treating fairly about some private busyness with him, the said Geere, without any offence given by your petitioner, took occasion to quarrell with your petitioner, gave your petitioner oftentimes the lye, and told your petitioner that he was a base beggarly fellowe, with other provoking speeches.'

Signed Joseph Martyn.

Petitioned that Geere be called to answer.

Maltravers granted process on 12 October 1639

6/44, Plaintiff's bond

15 October 1639

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

Signed by Jos. Martyn on behalf of Pomeroy.

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


Thomas was 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: 6/45 (12 Oct 1639)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 6/44 (15 Oct 1639)

People mentioned in the case

  • Geere, William, joiner
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Martyn, Joseph, lawyer (also Martin)
  • Pomeroy, Barbara
  • Pomeroy, Hugh, knight
  • Pomeroy, Thomas, esq
  • Seccomb alias Thorne, Arthur
  • Southcott, Barbara
  • Southcott, Philip
  • Terrick, Humphrey

Places mentioned in the case

  • Devon
    • Highweek
    • Ingsdon
    • North Petherwin
    • Wolborough
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • civil war
  • denial of gentility
  • giving the lie
  • military officer
  • royalist
  • trained band