617 Spring v Hye

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Edward Spring of Carbrooke, co. Norfolk, gent v Edward Hye of Swaffham, co. Norfolk, yeoman

December 1637


Spring complained that Hye had given him the lie and called him a rascal, in a 'very reproachfull and opprobrious manner' in the presence of several gentlemen. Process was granted and bond entered on 4 December 1637; but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

3/31, Petition to Arundel

'The petitioner, being a gentleman of armes and antient descent, was before divers gentleman much abused by many evil and base words given him by one Edward Hye of Swaffham in the countie of Norfolke, yeoman. Hye amongst other base speeches in a very reproachfull and opprobrious manner giving the petitioner the lye and saying the petitioner was a rascall divers tymes without any provocation.'

Petitioned that Hye be brought to answer.

Signed by Thomas Eden.

Duck desired Dethick to grant process.

Signed by Arthur Duck, 4 December 1637.

3/32, Plaintiff's bond

4 December 1637

Bound to appear 'in the Court in the painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by John Jeny of Cressingham Magna, Norfolk, esq on behalf of Spring.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of Humphrey Terrick.


Neither party appears in the 1613 or 1664 Visitations of Norfolk: W. Rye (ed.), The Visitation of Norfolk of 1563, 1589 and 1613 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 33, 1891); A. W. Hughes Clarke and A. Campling (eds.), The Visitation of Norfolk, anno domini 1664, part I (Publications of the Harleian Society, 85, 1933); A. W. Hughes Clarke and A. Campling (eds.), The Visitation of Norfolk, 1664, part II (Publications of the Harleian Society, 86, 1934).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition to Arundel: 3/31 (4 Dec 1637)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 3/32 (4 Dec 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Dethick, Gilbert, registrar
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Eden, Thomas, lawyer
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Hye, Edward, yeoman
  • Jeny, John, esq
  • Spring, Edward, gent
  • Terrick, Humphrey

Places mentioned in the case

  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Norfolk
    • Carbrooke
    • Great Cressingham
    • Swaffham

Topics of the case

  • giving the lie
  • insult before gentlemen