668 Wade v Shawe

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William Wade of St Leonard, Foster Lane, London, gent v John Shaw of the Exchange, London, milliner

October 1639


Wade complained that at a public assembly in Goldsmiths' Hall, London, in September 1639, Shaw said to him, 'Thou lyest and thou arte a base fellowe.' Process was granted on 7 October 1639 and Wade entered bond on 15 October; but nothing further survives.

Initial proceedings

6/46, Petition

'The petitioner being a gent well descended, notwithstanding one John Shawe of the Exchange, milliner, in the month of September last past, in a publique assembly in Goldsmith's Hall, London, then and there gathered together, did very much abuse the petitioner giving him ill language, (vizt.) Thou lyest, and thou arte a base fellowe, provoking the petitioner to duell.'

Petitioned that Shawe be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process on 7 October 1639.

6/42, Plaintiff's bond

15 October 1639

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

Signed by William Wade.

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


The plaintiff may have been William Waade [sic], third son of Henry Waade of Bridport, co. Dorset, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Sachevile of co. Devon, and entered in the 1634 Visitation as of Cripplegate Ward Without. John Shaw may have been the second son of Robert Shaw of Southwark, co. Surrey, vintner, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Domilawe of London.

J. Jackson Howard (ed.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and, 1635, vol. II (Publications of the Harleian Society, 17, 1883), pp. 233, 315.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 6/46 (7 Oct 1639)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 6/42 (15 Oct 1639)

People mentioned in the case

  • Domilawe, Elizabeth (also Domelawe)
  • Domilawe, John (also Domelawe)
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Sachevile, Elizabeth
  • Sachevile, John
  • Shaw, Elizabeth
  • Shaw, John, milliner
  • Shaw, Robert, vintner
  • Waade, Elizabeth
  • Waade, Henry
  • Wade, William, gent (also Waade)
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Dorset
    • Bridport
  • London
    • Cripplegate Ward Without
    • Goldsmiths' Hall
    • The Exchange
    • St Leonard, Foster Lane
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Surrey
    • Southwark

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility
  • giving the lie