587 Seaward v Tottle

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Nicholas Seaward of Ottery St Mary, co. Devon, gent v John Tottle

July 1640


Seaward complained that after he was pressed to serve as a soldier in the Second Bishops' War, Tottle, a servant of one of the deputy lieutenants of Devon, gave him the lie, provoking Seaward to fight him. Process was granted on 25 July 1640 and Seaward entered bond on the 30th, but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

5/143, Petition

'Your petitioner is a gentleman descended of an ancient family, and hath right to beare armes. That he was lately prest for a souldier for his Majesties service into the North, and being marching on that service with divers other souldiers he was very disgracefully affronted by one Tottle, a servant to one of the deputy lieutenants of the said county, who in a daring manner, amongst other abusive speeches uttered by him against your petitioner, he Tottle gave your petitioner the lye, provoking your petitioner to fight with him.'

Petitioned that Tottle be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process, 25 July 1640.

5/142, Plaintiff's bond

30 July 1640

Bond to 'appear in the Court Militarie in the Painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by Nicholas Seaward.

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of William Sarrey and Thomas Magent.


Neither party appeared in the Devon Visitation of 1620: F. T. Colby (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1620 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 6, 1872).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 5/143 (25 Jul 1640)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 5/142 (30 Jul 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Magent, Thomas
  • Sarrey, William
  • Seaward, Nicholas, gent
  • Tottle, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Devon
    • Ottery St Mary
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • Bishops' Wars
  • deputy lieutenant
  • giving the lie
  • provocative of a duel