671 Walcott v Parsons

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John Walcott of Sherborne, co. Dorset, esq v John Parsons of the same, yeoman

April 1638 - February 1640


The cause and result of Walcott's complaint against Parsons remain unknown as only the citation for Parsons to appear before the court on 6 April 1638 survives. Walcott's witnesses were examined during the winter of 1639 and Parsons was due to begin his defence in February 1640; but nothing further survives.

Initial proceedings

12/2g, Citation

Addressed to constables, bailiffs, etc, for Parsons to appear at the court at Westminster 8 days after warning received.

Dated 6 April 1638.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck acted as counsel for Walcot and Dr Talbot for Parsons. On 20 October 1638 Dr Duck was to prove the libel and send it to the commissioners. On 4 February 1640Dr Duck petitioned that Walcott's witnesses be published and Dr Talbot was required to relate material for the defence.


Neither party appeared in the 1623 or 1677 Visitations of Dorset: J. P. Rylands (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Dorset, 1623 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 20, 1885); G. D. Squibb (ed.), The Visitation of Dorset, 1677 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 117, 1977).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Citation: 12/2g (6 Apr 1638)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: R.19, fos. 434r-449v (20 Oct 1638)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: R.19, fos. 454r-468v (6 Nov 1638)
    • Proceedings: 1/10 (4 Feb 1640)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 8/31 (4 Feb 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Parsons, John, yeoman
  • Talbot, Clere, lawyer
  • Walcott, John, esq

Places mentioned in the case

  • Dorset
    • Sherborne