594 Shuckburgh v Allen

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Edward Shuckburgh of Naseby, co. Northampton, esq v John Allen of Dingley, co. Northampton, yeoman

February 1640


Shuckburgh, a former high sheriff for Northamptonshire, complained that Allen had said that he 'was a base gentleman, a hoggardlie gentleman', and that he 'gott his estate by extortion'. Shuckburgh entered bond on 21 February 1640 but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

2/14, Petition to Arundel

'Your petitioner being a gentleman discended of an auncient familie, and having borne the office of high shreife for the countie of Northampton, one John Allen of Dingley in the countie aforesaid, yeoman, of mere malice and without anie cause given on your petitioner's behalfe, abused your petitioner latelie with uncivill and unsufferable language, sayeinge that your petitioner was a base gentleman, a hoggardlie gentleman; and that your petitioner gott his estate by extortion.

Petitioned that Thomas [sic] Allen be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process, no date.

2/13, Plaintiff's bond

21 February 1640

Bound to appear 'in the court in Arundell house in the parish of St Clements Danes without Temple Barr, London'.

Signed by Hieronimus Hawkins of Woodford, co. Northampton, gent, on behalf of Shuckburgh.

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


An Edward Shuckburgh of Naseby, esq, appeared in the 1618-19 Visitation of Northamptonshire as married to Mary, daughter of Thomas Andrew, esq, and Mary, daughter of Gregory Isham of Braunston, co. Northampton.

W. C. Metcalfe (ed.), The Visitations of Northamptonshire made in 1564 and 1618-19 (London, 1887), p. 64.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition to Arundel: 2/14 (no date)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 2/13 (21 Feb 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Allen, John, yeoman
  • Andrew, Mary
  • Andrew, Thomas, esq
  • Hawkins, Hieronimus, gent
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Isham, Gregory
  • Isham, Mary
  • Shuckburgh, Edward, esq
  • Shuckburgh, Mary
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • London
    • Arundel House
    • St Clement Danes
    • Temple Bar
  • Northamptonshire
    • Braunston
    • Dingley
    • Naseby
    • Woodford

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility
  • high sheriff
  • office-holding