665 Vincent v Yeoman

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Richard Vincent of Marrick, co. York, esq v Michael Yeoman of the city of York, yeoman

May 1639


Vincent complained that Yeoman, a shoemaker, had said to him 'thou art a base fellowe, thou art an idle fellowe', in the presence of many persons. Process was granted on 27 May and Vincent entered bond on 29 May; but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

6/140, Petition to Maltravers

'Michael Yeoman of the cittie of York, shoemaker, in publique and disgracefull manner before many persons without any provocation, did revile the petitioner saying unto him, Thou art a base fellowe, thou art an idle fellowe, with other reproachfull language, whereby the petitioner greatlie suffers in his reputation (as by sufficient testimony will appeare to your Lordship).'

Petitioned that Yeoman be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process on 27 May 1639.

6/138, Plaintiff's bond

29 May 1639

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

Signed by Cuthbert Best of Alverton, co. York, gent, on behalf of Vincent.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of John Watson.


Neither party appeared in Dugdale's Visitation of York: R. Davies (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Yorke begun in 1665 and finished in 1666, by William Dugdale (Surtees Society, 36, 1859); J. W. Clay (ed.), Dugdale's Visitation of Yorkshire with additions (3 vols, Exeter, 1899-1917).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 6/140 (27 May 1639)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 6/138 (29 May 1639)

People mentioned in the case

  • Best, Cuthbert, gent
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Vincent, Richard, esq
  • Watson, John
  • Yeoman, Michael, yeoman

Places mentioned in the case

  • Yorkshire, North Riding
    • Marrick

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility