693 Weaver v Arden

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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693 WEAVER V ARDEN

Christopher Weaver of St Giles without Cripplegate, London, gent v Robert Arden of the same, weaver

February - May 1640

Figure 693:

The area of St Giles without Cripplegate, London, where Christopher Weaver was insulted in his own house by Robert Arden in February 1640 (From the plan of London by Ralph Agas, c.1560-1570)

Abstract

Weaver complained that on 2 February 1639/40 Arden, in his house in the parish of St Giles without Cripplegate, London, called him 'a base cheating knave.' Both parties entered bonds and Weaver presented his libel on 1 May 1640; but nothing further survives.

Initial proceedings

Plaintiff's bond

21 February 1640

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

Signed by Christopher Weaver.

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

5/4, Defendant's bond

23 April 1640

Bound to 'appear in the Court in Arundel House in the Strand'.

Signed by Robert Arden.

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

18/4j, Libel

1. Weaver's family had been gentry for up to 200 years.

2. On 2 February 1640, Robert Arden in his house in the parish of St Giles without Cripplegate, called Weaver 'a base cheating knave', which words were provocative of a duel.

No date but filed under Easter term, 1 May 1640.

Signed by Thomas Ryves.

Notes

Neither of the parties appear in the Visitations of London: J. Jackson Howard and J. L. Chester (eds.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and, 1635, vol. I (Publications of the Harleian Society, 15, 1880); J. Jackson Howard (ed.), The Visitation of London, 1633, 1634 and, 1635, vol. II (Publications of the Harleian Society, 17, 1883); J. B. Whitmore and A. W. Hughes Clarke (eds.), London Visitation Pedigrees, 1664 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 92, 1940).

Documents

  • Initial proceedings
    • Plaintiff's bond: 2/4 (21 Feb 1640)
    • Defendant's bond: 5/4 (23 Apr 1640)
    • Libel: 18/4j (1 May 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Arden, Robert, weaver
  • Ryves, Thomas, lawyer (also Rives)
  • Watson, John
  • Weaver, Christopher, gent

Places mentioned in the case

  • London
    • Arundel House
    • St Giles without Cripplegate
    • Strand
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • allegation of cheating
  • denial of gentility