648 Tracy v Longe

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Sir Richard Tracy of Stanway, co. Gloucester, bart v Walter Longe and Giles Longe, his son

Before August 1637

Figure 648:

Stanway, the seat of Sir Richard Tracy (From Sir Robert Atkyns, Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire (1712))


Tracy complained that the Longes had spoken words 'in derogation of his dignitie of knighthood'. The Earl Marshal gave the verdict in favour of Tracy, committing the Longes to the Marshalsea from where they petitioned Arundel for release, admitting that they were 'hartely sorry' for the words, and stressing that they had other lawsuits depending which urgently required their liberty.


EM334, Defendants' petition

'Your petitioners were lately committed by your lordship to the prison abovesaid, upon the complaynte of Sir Richard Tracy, knight, for words rashly and unadvisedly spoken by your petitioners against him in derogation of his dignitie of knighthood as otherwise, for which words your petitioners are now hartely sorry, confessing this their punishment justly inflicted on them.

Humbly beseeche your honor be pleased to inlarge your petitioners out of prison, the rather for that they have divers suites in lawe now dependinge which much concerne their estate, and which without their being att libertie must needes fall to the grounde. And they will ever pray for your lordship's long life with much increase of honor.

No date.

Signed by Walter and Giles Longe.


Sir Richard Tracy of Stanway, co. Gloucester, knt and bart (c.1581-1637), was the son of Sir Paul Tracy of Stanway, knt and bart (c.1550-1626), and Anne, daughter of Ralph Shakerley of Aynho, co. Northampton. Sir Richard matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford, in 1597 and was a student at the Middle Temple by 1600. He was knighted in 1603, and high sheriff of Gloucestershire from 1628-9. He married Ann, daughter of Sir Thomas Coningsby of Hampton, co. Hereford. He was buried at Stanway on 25 August 1637. Their son, Sir Humphrey Tracy, bart, was high sheriff of Gloucestershire from 1639-40 and a royalist colonel during the civil wars.

J. Maclean and W. C. Heane (eds.), The Visitation of the County of Gloucester, 1623 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 21, 1885), p. 166; G. E. Cokayne (ed.), Complete Baronetage, vol. 1, 1611-1625 (Exeter, 1900), p. 42; P. R. Newman, Royalist officers in England and Wales, 1642-1660: A biographical dictionary (London, 1981), p. 375; J. Broadway, R. Cust and S. K. Roberts (eds.), A Calendar of the Docquets of Lord Keeper Coventry, 1625-40 (List and Index Society, special series, 35, 2004), part 2, p. 369.


  • Submission
    • Defendants' petition: EM334 (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Coningsby, Ann
  • Coningsby, Thomas, knight
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Longe, Giles
  • Longe, Walter
  • Shakerley, Anne
  • Shakerley, Ralph
  • Tracy, Ann, lady
  • Tracy, Anne, lady
  • Tracy, Humphrey
  • Tracy, Paul, knight and baronet
  • Tracy, Richard, knight and baronet

Places mentioned in the case

  • Gloucestershire
    • Stanway
  • Hereford
    • Hampton
  • London
    • Marshalsea
    • Middle Temple
  • Northamptonshire
    • Aynho
  • Oxfordshire
    • Queen's College

Topics of the case

  • civil war
  • high sheriff
  • imprisonment
  • military officer
  • royalist