7 Arscott v Vosper

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Edmund Arscott of Tetcott, co. Devon, esq v Abdel Vosper of North Tamerton, co. Cornwall, gent

May 1636


Arscott was a Devon J.P., but the cause and result of his complaint against Vosper remain unknown as only a short series of damaged Latin proceedings from May 1636 survive. [For the counter suit see cause 666].

Summary of proceedings

Dr Duck acted as counsel for Arscott and Dr Merrick for Vosper. Damaged proceedings for this cause survive for May 1636, in which the court decreed that the cause was to continue.


Several Vospers, but no Abdel are referred to in the Visitation of Cornwall in 1620. Vosper was appointed crown escheator for Devon and Cornwall in November 1637.

Edmund Arscott (d. 1656) was the son of Arthur Arscott of Tetcott, co. Devon, esq, and Mary, daughter of John Langsford of Thurlestone, esq. In 1611 he married Mary (d.1652), daughter of William Walrond. Edmund Arscott remained as a justice of the peace during the royalist control of Devon in the civil wars but there was no evidence for him acting as a commissioner of array.

J. L. Vivian and H. H. Drake (eds.), The Visitation of Cornwall in the year 1620 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 9, 1874); F. T. Colby (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1620 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 6, 1872), p. 8; J. Broadway, R. P. Cust and S. K. Roberts (eds.), A Calendar of the Docquets of Lord Keeper Coventry 1625-1640 (List and Index soc., new ser., 34-37, 2004), p. 374; M. Wolffe, Gentry Leaders in Peace and War: The Gentry Governors of Devon in the Early Seventeenth Century (Exeter, 1997), p. 289; J. L. Vivian (ed.), The Visitations of the County of Devon, 1531, 1564 and 1620 (Exeter, 1895), pp. 21, 769.


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: College of Arms MS 'Court of Chivalry' (act book, 1636-8) [pressmark R.R. 68C] (hereafter 68C), fos. 89r-100r (May 1636)
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 68C, fos. 74r-83v (7 May 1636)
    • Proceedings: 68C, fos. 70r-73v (c.1636-8)

People mentioned in the case

  • Arscott, Arthur, esq
  • Arscott, Edmund, esq
  • Arscott, Mary
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Langsford, John, esq
  • Langsford, Mary
  • Merrick, William, lawyer
  • Walrond, Mary
  • Walrond, William
  • Vosper, Abdel, gent

Places mentioned in the case

  • Cornwall
    • North Tamerton
  • Devon
    • Tetcott
    • Thurlestone

Topics of the case

  • civil war
  • justice of the peace
  • office-holding