69 Bromfield v Venetian

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Thomas Bromfield of Staple, co. Kent, esq v John Venetian of Ash, co. Kent

May 1639


Bromfield petitioned that between March and May 1638 Venetian abused him, calling him 'base fellow' in the presence of many of his friends. Process was granted on 27 May 1639, but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

6/147, Petition to Maltravers

'The petitioner being a gentleman well discended and of a generous family, one John Venetian of Ashe did in the months of March, Aprill or May anno dm. 1638 much abuse and disgrace your petitioner and in a most ignominious manner call him in a publike company, base fellow in the presence of many of his friends.'

Petitioned that Venetian be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process on 27 May 1639.

6/148, Plaintiff's bond

28 May 1639

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

Signed by Thomas Bromfield.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of Humphrey Terrick.


Neither of the parties were mentioned in the Visitations of Kent for 1619-21 and 1663-8.

R. Hovenden (ed.), The Visitation of Kent taken in the years 1619-21 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 42, 1898); G. J. Armytage (ed.), A Visitation of the County of Kent, 1663-8 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 54, 1906).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition to Maltravers: 6/147 (27 May 1639)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 6/148 (28 May 1639)

People mentioned in the case

  • Bromfield, Thomas, esq
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Terrick, Humphrey
  • Venetian, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Kent
    • Ash
    • Staple
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility