673 Walker v Isaacke

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Robert Walker of the city of Exeter, gent v Samuel Isaacke of the same

January 1637


Walker complained that Isaacke had given him scandalous words provocative of a duel. Dr Duck was due to present Walker's petition in January 1637, but no further proceedings survive.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck acted as counsel for Walker and was to deliver his petition concerning scandalous words provocative of a duel on 28 January 1636/7.


Neither party appeared in F. T. Colby (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1620 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 6, 1872).

Robert Walker (c.1597-1673) was the second son of Thomas Walker (d.1629) who had been three times mayor of Exeter and was one of the richest men in the southwest. Although not as wealthy as his father, Robert owned much property in the city, as well as holding land outside Exeter, in Devon and Cornwall. In 1630 Robert married Mary, daughter of William Cotton, rector of Silverton. Robert was mayor of Exeter in 1639-40 and M.P. for the city in the Short Parliament. He was returned again to the Long Parliament for Exeter but by 1642 was frequently absent from the House and was disabled from sitting in March 1643. He became a committed royalist during the civil wars and joined the King at Oxford in 1644. He compounded for delinquency in 1646-7. He was returned as M.P. for Exeter again to the Cavalier Parliament in 1661. Samuel Isaac, the town clerk of Exeter was arrested in the city for his royalist sympathies in early January 1643.

M. F. Keeler, The Long Parliament, 1640-1641: A Biographical Study of its Members (Philadelphia, 1954), pp. 375-6; M. Stoyle, From Deliverance to Destruction: Rebellion and Civil War in an English City (Exeter, 1994), pp. 44-6, 48, 50, 59, 62, 74, 87-8, 95-6, 101, 131-2, 140-1, 165, 214.


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: College of Arms MS. 'Court of Chivalry' (act book, 1636-8) [pressmark R.R. 68C], fos. 51r-59r (28 Jan 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Cotton, William, clerk
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Isaacke, Samuel
  • Stuart, Charles I, king
  • Walker, Mary
  • Walker, Robert, gent
  • Walker, Thomas, gent

Places mentioned in the case

  • Devon
    • Silverton
  • Exeter
  • Oxfordshire
    • Oxford

Topics of the case

  • civil war
  • corporation
  • Long Parliament
  • mayor
  • member of parliament
  • office-holding
  • provocative of a duel
  • royalist