690 Waterhouse v Pinder

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Francis Waterhouse of London, gent v Michael Pinder of the same, draper

November 1639


Waterhouse complained that on 25 October 1639 Pinder called him 'a base fellowe, a blood thirstie man and an hypocrite', and calling one of Waterhouse's servants to him, told him that 'he would prove himselfe as very a knave as his master'. Process was granted on 1 November 1639, no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

2/137, Petition to Arundel

'The petitioner is a gent bearing armes. That one Michaell Pinder of London, citizen and draper, did on the 25 day of October 1639 very much abuse your petitioner saying that your petitioner was a base fellowe, a blood thirstie man and an hypocrite; and calling one of your petitioner's servants to him told him he would prove himselfe as very a knave as his master, meaning your petitioner, thereby very much provoking your petitioner to fight with him.'

Petitioned that Pinder be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process on 1 November 1639.


Francis Waterhouse of London, gent, was entered in the 1634 Visitation as the second son of Thomas Waterhouse of Berkhamsted, co. Hertford, and Mary, daughter of one Kirkby of co. Nottingham. Francis married Bridget, daughter of Morgan Powell of Taunton, co. Somerset. Michael Pinder did not appear in the London Visitations.

J. Jackson Howard (ed.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and, 1635, vol. II (Publications of the Harleian Society, 17, 1883), p. 330.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition to Arundel: 2/137 (1 Nov 1639)

People mentioned in the case

  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Kirkby, Mary
  • Pinder, Michael, draper
  • Powell, Bridget
  • Powell, Morgan
  • Waterhouse, Francis, gent
  • Waterhouse, Mary
  • Waterhouse, Thomas

Places mentioned in the case

  • Hertford
    • Berkhamsted
  • Somerset
    • Taunton

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility
  • provocative of a duel
  • undermining before subordinates