628 Strachey v Reeve

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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William Strachey of St Dunstan-in-the-West, London, gent v Gabriel Reeve of St Bride, London, draper

November - December 1637


Strachey complained that Reeve had given him the lie many times and called him 'base fellowe'. Process was granted on 24 November 1637 and Strachey entered bond on 15 December; but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

3/29, Petition to Arundel

'Your petitioner is a gent. descended of an ancient family; and that lately hee hath beene greatly abused in words by one Gabriel Reeve of the parish of St Brydes London, draper, who gave your petitioner the lye many times and termeing him base fellowe.'

Petitioned that Reeve be brought to answer.

Duck informed Dethick that the case was fit for the court, 24 November 1637.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck acted as counsel for Strachey and on 15 December 1637, Strachey noted that his bond to prosecute the cause had been received.


Neither party appears in the 1633-5 or 1664 Visitations of London: J. Jackson Howard and J. L. Chester (eds.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and, 1635, vol. I (Publications of the Harleian Society, 15, 1880); J. Jackson Howard (ed.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and, 1635, vol. II (Publications of the Harleian Society, 17, 1883); J. B. Whitmore and A. W. Hughes Clarke (eds.), London Visitation Pedigrees, 1664 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 92, 1940).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition to Arundel: 3/29 (24 Nov 1637)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 8/30 (28 Nov 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Dethick, Gilbert, registrar
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Reeve, Gabriel, draper
  • Strachey, William, gent

Places mentioned in the case

  • London
    • St Bride
    • St Dunstan-in-the-West

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility
  • giving the lie