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597 SLATER V RODES
Christopher Slater the elder, of Barlborough, co. Derby, gent v Sir John Rodes of the same, knt
May 1636 - January 1637
This was a countersuit to cause 564 in which Slater complained that Rodes had given him the lie and called him 'a base rascally knave'. The sentence in this cause remains unknown, but Rodes won his prosecution against Slater, securing a submission and £30 in damages.
- Proceedings before Arundel: College of Arms MS. 'Court of Chivalry' (act book, 1636-8) [pressmark R.R. 68C] (hereafter 68C), fos. 89r-100r (May 1636)
- Proceedings before Maltravers: 68C, fos. 112r-121v (Jun 1636)
- Proceedings: 68C, fos. 105r-110v (8 Nov 1636)
- Proceedings before Arundel: 68C, fos. 51r-59r (28 Jan 1637)
- Proceedings: R.19, fos. 381-2 (28 Jan 1637)
Summary of proceedings
Dr Duck acted as counsel for Slater and Dr Eden for Rodes. In May Slater entered a bond of £100 to the king. In June Dr Duck gave the libel and petitioned for its admission, but Dr Eden refuted it. On 8 November 1636 the court referred to Sir John Rodes' bond. On 28 January 1637, the court was required to hear the verdict upon the libel on behalf of Dr Duck.
Sir John Rodes of Barlborough, co. Derby, knt, was the son of Sir Francis Rodes, knt, a Justice in the Court of Common Pleas. John Rodes was high sheriff of co. Derby in 1594 and knighted at the Tower of London in March 1603. He died on 16 September 1639. He married Anne, daughter of George Benson of co. Westmorland. His second wife was Dorothy, daughter of George Savile of Wakefield, co. York.
G. D. Squibb (ed.), The Visitation of Derbyshire, 1662-1664 (Publications of the Harleian Society, new series, 8, 1989), p.133; J. W. Clay (ed.), Familiae Minorum Gentium (Publications of the Harleian Society, 38, 1895), p. 585.
The Slaters did not appear in the Visitations of Derbyshire but a Christopher Slater of Barlborough was obliged to disclaim in 1634. He married Pelatia, daughter of Robert Rogers of Everton, co. Nottingham, esq. Slater was a benefactor to Barlborough and he died in March 1649.
Pedigrees contained in the Visitations of Derbyshire, 1569 and 1611 (Exeter, no date); G. D. Squibb (ed.), The Visitation of Derbyshire, 1662-1664 (Publications of the Harleian Society, new series, 8, 1989); J. W. Clay (ed.), Familiae Minorum Gentium (Publications of the Harleian Society, 37, 1894), p. 210; J. W. Clay (ed.), Familiae Minorum Gentium (Publications of the Harleian Society, 39, 1895), p. 1014.
People mentioned in the case
- Benson, Anne
- Benson, George
- Duck, Arthur, lawyer
- Eden, Thomas, lawyer
- Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
- Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
- Rodes, Anne (also Rhodes)
- Rodes, Dorothy (also Rhodes)
- Rodes, Francis, knight (also Rhodes)
- Rodes, John, knight (also Rhodes)
- Rogers, Pelatia
- Rogers, Robert, esq
- Savile, Dorothy
- Savile, George
- Slater, Christopher the elder (also Sclater)
- Slater, Pelatia (also Sclater)
Places mentioned in the case
- Tower of London
- Yorkshire, West Riding
Topics of the case
- Court of Common Pleas
- denial of gentility
- giving the lie
- high sheriff
- other courts