682 Warner v Cadyman

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Robert Warner of Rowington, co. Warwick, gent v Robert Cadyman of the same, clerk

November 1639

Figure 682:

Rowington church, Warwickshire, where Robert Cadyman was vicar in 1639 (Photograph : Brian Hopper)


Warner complained that in February 1639, Cadyman, the vicar of Rowington, Warwickshire, called him 'a base fellowe' and when a bystander, John Milborne, answered that Warner was an honest gentleman, Cadyman repeated the words. Warner also complained that in April 1639 Cadyman called him 'a butcher's curre and noe gent.', and said that his family 'were nout but butchers and grasiers.' Process was granted on 20 November 1639 and Warner entered bond; but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

2/125, Petition to Arundel

'The petitioner being a gent descended of an auncient family yet, notwithstandinge, Robert Cadyman, clarke, vicar of Rowington in February last past did very much abuse your petitioner, and amongst other wordes said that your petitioner was a base fellowe; and one John Milborne standing by and making answer that the petitioner was an honest gent, Mr Cadyman again replied, A base fellowe. That in the month of Aprill last past Mr Cadyman before many credible witnesses did again abuse your petitioner and say that your petitioner was a butcher's curre and noe gent, and that your petitioner's kindred were nout but butchers and grasiers, thereby, and by the premises, much disgraceinge the petitioner and provokeing him to duell.'

Petitioned that Cadyman be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process on 20 November 1639.

2/124, Plaintiff's bond

20 November 1639

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

Signed by Samuel Warner of St Stephen, Walbrook, London, gent, on behalf of Robert Warner.

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


G. D. Squibb, Reports of Heraldic Cases in the Court of Chivalry, 1623-1732 (London, 1956), p. 43.

Robert Warner of Rowington, co. Warwick (b.c.1587), was the son and heir of John Warner of Bucknell, co. Oxford, and Anne, daughter of William Holt of Stoke Lyne, co. Oxford. He married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Richard Nason of Kingswood, co. Warwick.

J. Fetherston (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Warwick, 1619 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 12, 1877), p. 51.

Robert Caddiman, M.A., was presented to the vicarage of Rowington, co. Warwick on 14 February 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, 34, 2004), part 1, p. 120.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition to Arundel: 2/125 (20 Nov 1639)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 2/124 (20 Nov 1639)

People mentioned in the case

  • Cadyman, Robert, clerk (also Caddiman)
  • Holt, Anne
  • Holt, William
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Milborne, John
  • Nason, Elizabeth
  • Nason, Richard
  • Warner, Anne
  • Warner, John
  • Warner, Robert, gent
  • Warner, Samuel, gent
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • London
    • St Stephen, Walbrook
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Oxfordshire
    • Bucknell
    • Stoke Lyne
  • Warwickshire
    • Kingswood
    • Rowington

Topics of the case

  • allegation of tradesman status
  • denial of gentility
  • provocative of a duel