547 Pudsey v Lamplough

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Ralph Pudsey of Stapleton, co. York, gent v Anthony Lamplough of the city of Westminster, esq

February - April 1638


Pudsey complained that Lamplough called him 'a base fellowe, a base rascall, a sharke and a begerlie fellow' in May or June 1636 in Piccadilly, in the parish of St Giles-in-the-Fields, London, in the presence of 'divers noblemen and gentlemen'. Lamplough admitted the words, but claimed that he had been greatly provoked as, although he was unarmed, Pudsey had struck him with his sword several times before he spoke the words. Dr Duck presented the libel for Pudsey on 12 February 1638, but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

7/97, Defendant's bond

13 April 1638

Bound to attend the court in the painted chamber, Palace of Westminster, and to pay costs and charges and perform the orders of the court.

Signed Anthony Lamplugh.

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

Defendant's case

13/2h, Defence

It was alleged that in May or June 1636 Lamplough, at Piccadilly in the parish of St Giles in the Fields, 'when and where there were divers noblemen and gentlemen present', did 'say that Ralph Pudsey was a base fellowe, a base rascall, a sharke and a begerlie fellow or words to that effect, but that Lamplough was 'provoked to speak the words or any of the words or any other angrie or colerick wordes then and there spoken by him to and against Pudsey for that Pudsey beinge provided of his sword, rapier or some other weapons, and Lamplough being without any weapon, Pudsey did diverse and sundry times then and there strike Lamplough and gave him divers blowes,' and 'did soe strike him before the time Lamplough did speake and utter any of the words he related'.

No date.

Signed by Thomas Gwynn.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck acted as counsel for Pudsey and Dr Gwyn for Lamplough. On 12 February 1638 Dr Duck presented the libel on behalf of Pudsey, and Lamplough was required to appear but Dr Gwyn attended on his behalf.


Also of Monkwearmouth, co. Durham, Ralph Pudsey (b. c. 1616) was the son of William Pudsey of Bolton, esq, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Banister of Wakefield. Ralph's grandfather, Thomas Pudsey had died imprisoned in York castle for his Catholicism in 1576. Ralph was also a Roman Catholic and was commissioned as a lieutenant-colonel in the royalist horse regiment of Colonel Anthony Eyre.He was either killed at Naseby or Drogheda.

P.R. Newman, Royalist Officers in England and Wales, 1642-1660: A biographical dictionary (London, 1981), p. 308; J. W. Clay (ed.), Dugdale's Visitation of Yorkshire, with additions (Exeter, 1907), vol. 2, p. 275.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Defendant's bond: 7/97 (13 Apr 1638)
  • Defendant's case
    • Defence: 13/2h (no date)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: 1/5, fos. 38-56 (12 Feb 1638)

People mentioned in the case

  • Banister, Elizabeth
  • Banister, John
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Eyre, Anthony
  • Gwyn, Thomas, lawyer (also Gwynn)
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Lamplough, Anthony, esq (also Lamplugh)
  • Pudsey, Elizabeth
  • Pudsey, Ralph, gent
  • Pudsey, Thomas
  • Pudsey, William, esq
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Durham
    • Monkwearmouth
  • Ireland
    • Drogheda
  • London
    • Piccadilly
    • St Giles-in-the-Fields
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Northamptonshire
    • Naseby
  • York
    • York castle
  • Yorkshire, West Riding
    • Wakefield

Topics of the case

  • assault
  • denial of gentility
  • insult before gentlemen
  • Roman Catholic
  • royalist
  • weapon