536 Poultney v Googe

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Michael Poultney of Millowe, co. Bedford, gent v Robert Googe of Biggleswade, co. Bedford, maltster

November 1640


Poultney complained that Googe gave him the lie five times on market day at Potton, Bedfordshire 'before divers men of good worth and quality'. When Poultney told Googe he would be questioned in the Court of Honour, Googe replied that Poultney 'was a foole and the Court of Honour was a foole's court.' Process was granted on 2 November 1640 and Poultney entered bond on the 30th; however, the case was lost with the suspension of the court's proceedings in December.

Initial proceedings

5/173, Petition

Michael Poultney petitioned that Robert Googe of Biglesworth, co. Bedford, maltster 'did publiquely on a market day at Potton in the county of Bedford, before divers men of good worth and quality, revile your petitioner who, taxing him with incivility, Googe retorted the lye upon the petitioner five times. Whereupon, the petitioner told him that he would question him in the Court of Honour, whereunto Googe replied and said the petitioner was a foole and the Court of Honour was a foole's court.'

Petitioned that Googe be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process, 2 November 1640.

5/172, Plaintiff's bond

30 November 1640

Bond to 'appear in the court in the painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by William Ryley (of the parish of St Anne, Blackfriars, London), gent, acting for Poultney.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of John Longland and Walter Deyes.


Neither party appeared in the Visitations of Bedfordshire: F. A. Blaydes (ed.), The Visitations of Bedfordshire, 1566, 1582 and 1634 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 19, 1884).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 5/173 (2 Nov 1640)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 5/172 (30 Nov 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Deyes, Walter
  • Googe, Robert, maltster
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Longland, John
  • Poultney, Michael, gent
  • Ryley, William, gent

Places mentioned in the case

  • Bedfordshire
    • Biggleswade
    • Millow
    • Potton
  • London
    • St Anne's, Blackfriars
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • contempt of court
  • giving the lie