683 Warner v Ellis

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Samuel Warner of St Stephen, Walbrook, London, gent v James Ellis of London, cook

February 1639


The cause and result of Warner's complaint against Ellis remains unknown; but on 23 February 1639 the case was referred to the Earls of Huntingdon and Bath and Lord Maltravers to arrange a settlement.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck was counsel for Warner with Dr Parry for Ellis. On 23 February 1639 Ellis appeared in response to a summons and Dr Parry also appears on his behalf. Dr Duck presented the libel. Ellis denied it and petitioned for the case to be referred to the Earl of Huntingdon, earl of Bath and Henry Lord Maltravers to hear it and produce an amiable ending.


Samuel Warner of London, grocer, appeared in the 1634 Visitation as the son of John Warner of Bucknall, co. Oxford, and Anne, daughter of one Holt of Stoke, co. Oxford. Samuel married Julian, daughter of one Corderoy of co. Berkshire. By 1634 he had a grandson, also named Samuel. A James Ellis appeared in the 1633-5 Visitation of London as the eldest son of George Ellis of Bradford, co. York, and Grace, daughter of Edward Brooksbank of the Bankhouse, co. York: J. J. Howard and J. L. Chester (eds.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and 1635, vol. I (Publications of the Harleian Society, 15, 1880), p. 254; J. J. Howard (ed.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and 1635, vol. II (Publications of the Harleian Society, 17, 1883), p. 325.

Samuel Warner was a brother of Alderman John Warner and had been forward in removing the stained glass windows at St Stephen Walbrook according to parliamentary orders. He was also involved in an attempt to have the incumbent of St Stephen Walbrook replaced with a Godly minister for which he was suspended from the Company of Grocers. He was closely involved in agitating for a stronger prosecution of Parliament's war effort. He also invested heavily in the Irish adventurers, a scheme to acquire land from the Irish rebels. Samuel Warner eventually became an alderman, a leading city religious Independent and in 1647, a member of London's sub committee for Irish affairs.

K. Lindley, Popular Politics in Civil War London (Aldershot, 1997), pp. 46, 58, 64, 67, 69, 71-3, 139-44, 165, 193-5, 200-201, 213, 215, 219-20, 222-3, 284, 316, 388-91.


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: 1/6, fos. 1-9 (23 Feb 1639)

People mentioned in the case

  • Bourchier, Henry, earl of Bath
  • Brooksbank, Edward
  • Brooksbank, Grace
  • Corderoy, Julian
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Ellis, George
  • Ellis, Grace
  • Ellis, James, cook
  • Hastings, Henry, earl of Huntingdon
  • Holt
  • Holt, Anne
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Parry, George, lawyer
  • Marten, Henry, knight
  • Warner, Anne
  • Warner, John, alderman
  • Warner, Julian
  • Warner, Samuel, gent
  • Warner, Stephen, gent

Places mentioned in the case

  • London
    • St Stephen, Walbrook
  • Oxfordshire
    • Bucknall
    • Stoke
  • Yorkshire, West Riding
    • Bankhouse
    • Bradford

Topics of the case

  • arbitration
  • city company
  • civil war
  • parliamentarian