542 Prichard v Vaughan

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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John Prichard of Pembrey, co. Carmarthen, gent v David Vaughan of the same, esq

February - April 1638


Prichard complained that Vaughan had called him 'a rogue, a vagabond, a wandrer or a wandring rogue, a raskall' in the parish of Pembrey, Carmarthenshire between 1636 and 1638. The cause appeared before the court on 12 February 1638 and the libel was given on 14 April; but no further proceedings survive. [This was the countersuit to the case brought by Vaughan in November 1637: cause 660]

Initial proceedings

15/2j, Libel

Prichard's family had been gentry for up to 50 years, and in the last two years, in the parish of Pembrey, Vaughan called had him 'a rogue, a vagabond, a wandrer or a wandring rogue, a raskall', or words to that effect.

14 April 1638

Summary of proceedings

Dr Gwyn acted as counsel for Prichard with Dr Talbot for Vaughan. The cause appeared before the earl of Arundel, Lord Maltravers, the earl of Bath and Sir Henry Marten on 12 February 1638.


Neither party appeared in M. P. Siddons (ed.), Visitations by the Heralds in Wales (Publications of the Harleian Society, new series, 14, 1996).

David Vaughan, esq, was appointed high sheriff of co. Carmarthen in January 1636.

J. Broadway, R. Cust and S. K. Roberts (eds.), A Calendar of the Docquets of Lord Keeper Coventry, 1625-40 (List and Index Society, special series, 35, 2004), part 2, p. 367.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Libel: 15/2j (14 Apr 1638)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: 1/5, fos. 38-56 (12 Feb 1638)

People mentioned in the case

  • Bourchier, Henry, earl of Bath
  • Gwynne, Thomas, lawyer (also Gwyn, Gwynn)
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Marten, Henry, knight
  • Prichard, John, gent
  • Talbot, Clere, lawyer
  • Vaughan, David, esq

Places mentioned in the case

  • Carmarthen
    • Pembrey

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility
  • high sheriff
  • office-holding