666 Vosper v Arscott

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Abdel Vosper of North Tamerton, Cornwall, gent v Edmund Arscott of Tetcott, co. Devon, esq

October 1635 - February 1636


The cause and result of Vosper's case against Arscott, a Devon J.P., remains unknown as only the plaintiff's bill of costs survives.

Sentence / Arbitration

17/2a, Plaintiff's bill of costs

Michaelmas term, 1635: £13-5s-0d

Hilary term, 1635: £8-15s-8d

Sum total: £22-8s-0d

Signed by Clere Talbot and William Monik

Taxed on 19 February 1636, at £8.

Signed by Sir Henry Marten.


Several Vospers, but no Abdel are referred to in the Visitation of Cornwall in 1620.

Edmund was the son of Arthur Arscot of Tetcott, co. Devon, esq, and Mary, daughter of John Langsford of Thurlestone, esq. He married Mary, daughter of William Walrond of Bradford. Edmund Arscott remained as a justice of the peace during the royalist control of Devon in the civil wars but there was no evidence for him acting as a commissioner of array.

J. L. Vivian and H. H. Drake (eds.), The Visitation of Cornwall in the year 1620 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 9, 1874); F. T. Colby (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1620 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 6, 1872), p. 8; M. Wolffe, Gentry Leaders in Peace and War: The Gentry Governors of Devon in the Early Seventeenth Century (Exeter, 1997), p. 289.

Edmund Arscott was appointed a justice of the peace for Devon on 6 November 1631 and Abdel Vosper of Tamerton, gent, was appointed escheator for Devon and Cornwall on 27 November 1637.

J. Broadway, R. Cust and S. K. Roberts (eds.), A Calendar of the Docquets of Lord Keeper Coventry, 1625-1640 (List and Index Society, special series, 35, 2004), part 2, pp. 364, 374.


  • Sentence / Arbitration
    • Plaintiff's bill of costs: 17/2a

People mentioned in the case

  • Arscott, Arthur, esq
  • Arscott, Edmund, esq
  • Arscott, Mary
  • Langsford, John, esq
  • Langsford, Mary
  • Marten, Henry, knight
  • Monik, William, lawyer
  • Talbot, Clere, lawyer
  • Vosper, Abdel, gent
  • Walrond, Mary
  • Walrond, William

Places mentioned in the case

  • Cornwall
    • North Tamerton
  • Devon
    • Bradford
    • Tetcott
    • Thurlestone

Topics of the case

  • civil war
  • justice of the peace
  • royalist