681 Ward v Phillippes

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Arthur Ward of Pontesbury, co. Salop, the elder, gent v Fabian Phillippes of the same, esq

December 1640


Ward complained that in Pontesbury, Shropshire, in October 1639 Phillipps gave him the lie at least three times, without provocation 'before many credible witnesses.'Process was granted on 4 December 1640 and Ward entered bond; but the case was lost with the suspension of the court's proceedings.

Initial proceedings

5/179, Petition

'Your peticoner is a gent., descended of an auncient familie of gentry bearing armes. Fabian Phillippes of Pontebury aforesaid, in the month of October last, within the parish and before many credible wittnesses did verie much abuse your peticoner and amongst other reproches oftentimes, att the least three severall times gave your peticoner the lye saying, Thou lyest, thou lyest, thou lyest, as much as in him lay provoking your peticoner to duell'.

'Your peticoner therefore humbly prayeth your Lordship in regard the wordes were spoken without any provocacon att all, and that your peticoner is void of all remedie else where, to grant him process to call Fabian Phillipps into the Court Militarie there to answer the premises.'

Maltravers granted process on 4 December 1640.

5/178, Plaintiff's bond [damaged]

6 [month illegible] 1640

Bond to 'appear in the said court in Arundel house in the Strand'.

Signed by Isaac Morgan (of the City of Hereford, gent) acting for Ward.

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


There was no Arthur Ward of Pontesbury recorded in the Visitation of 1623, but an Arthur Ward of Coton and an Arthur Ward of Hinton, co. Salop were entered. Katherine, daughter of Fabian Philips, esq, married Leonard Hill of co. Salop.

G. Grazebrook and J. P. Rylands (eds.), The Visitation of Shropshire taken in the year 1623, vol. I (Publications of the Harleian Society, 28, 1889), p. 244; G. Grazebrook and J. P. Rylands (eds.), The Visitation of Shropshire taken in the year 1623, vol. II (Publications of the Harleian Society, 29, 1889), pp. 484-5.

On 30 October 1638 Fabian Philips, gent, was among those granted all the king's mines of lead and other metals in Denbighshire and Caernarfonshire for 21 years, paying after two years 1/15 of the profits.

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, p. 359.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 5/179 (4 Dec 1640)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 5/178 (1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Hill, Katherine
  • Hill, Leonard
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Morgan, Isaac, gent
  • Phillippes, Fabian, esq (also Philips)
  • Phillippes, Katherine (also Philips)
  • Ward, Arthur the elder, gent

Places mentioned in the case

  • Herefordshire
    • Hereford
  • London
    • Arundel House
    • Strand
  • Salop / Shropshire
    • Coton
    • Hinton
    • Pontesbury

Topics of the case

  • calling thou
  • giving the lie