641 Thimblethorp v Foster

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Mr Thimblethorp, gent v John Foster of co. Cambridge, husbandman

No date


Only Foster's petition to the Earl Marshal praying that the cause against him might be dismissed survives; so the cause and result of Mr Thimblethorp's complaint against him remains unknown. Foster had been attached by the Earl Marshal's messenger before the previous Christmas, and appeared in court on 27 January.

Initial proceedings

EM333, Defendant's petition

'Your petitioner being a poor husbandman in Cambridgeshire was upon the complaint of one Mr Thimblethorp before Christmas last attached by your lordship's messenger, who took bond of your petitioner for his appearance before your honor on Satturday last the 27 of January, whereupon 2 dayes before your petitioner came to London and was there advised to reteyne a doctor and be at the Court of Honor which accordingly he did, but hearing his bond was to be before your lordship at your house the Monday after, your petitioner went and found out the messenger and yielded himself unto him where he hath bin ever since to his great charge and utter undoing, having not anything wherewith to maintain him but his labour, being as a servant to his mother, a poore widdowe whose loss is greate she having now to look to her business in your petitioner's absence.

In consideration whereof, and for that your petitioner hath bin at great charges and likely to be utterly undon without your lordship's favor, may it therefore please your lordship to remitt his ignorance in not attending according to his bond, and for that Mr Thimblethorp is not in towne as your petitioner heareth, to discharge your petitioner from further attendance, or otherwise that he may have bond for his appearance before your lordship upon command and so be discharged out of the messenger's custody. And he shall ever pray and c.'

No date.

No signatures.


A Robert Thymblethorpe is mentioned as married to Anne, daughter of Thomas Bernes of co. Cambridge in J. W. Clay (ed.), The Visitations of Cambridge made in 1575 and in 1619 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 41, 1897), p. 103.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Defendant's petition: EM333 (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Bernes, Anne
  • Bernes, Thomas
  • Foster, John, husbandman
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Thimblethorp, Mr, gent
  • Thymblethorpe, Anne
  • Thymblethorpe, Robert

Places mentioned in the case

  • Cambridgeshire