724 Wood v Thorneburne

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Richard Cust. Andrew Hopper, '724 Wood v Thorneburne', The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/court-of-chivalry/724-wood-thorneburne [accessed 16 June 2024].

Richard Cust. Andrew Hopper. "724 Wood v Thorneburne", in The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, (, ) . British History Online, accessed June 16, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/court-of-chivalry/724-wood-thorneburne.

Cust, Richard. Hopper, Andrew. "724 Wood v Thorneburne", The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, (, ). . British History Online. Web. 16 June 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/court-of-chivalry/724-wood-thorneburne.

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George Wood of Sandwich, co. Kent, gent v James Thorneburne of the same, gent

October 1637


Captain Wood complained that Thorneburne, an attorney, had called his father 'base, drunken knave'. Process was granted on 18 October 1639 and Wood entered bond; but nothing further survives.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Note of scandalous words: 3/129 (18 Oct 1637)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 3/128 (19 Oct 1637)

Initial proceedings

3/129, Note of scandalous words

'Capt George Wood sueth James Thurbarne, an atturney, for calling his father base, drunken knave.

For these I moved my L. Maltravers they are fitt for the Court.

I desire Mr Dethick to issue these processes.

18 October 1637

Signed by Arthur Duck.

3/128, Plaintiff's bond

19 October 1637

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

Signed by Bartholomew Philipott of St Anne's Blackfriars, London, on behalf of Wood.

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


Neither George Wood nor James Thorneburne appear among the Visitations of Kent:

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).

People mentioned in the case

  • Dethick, Gilbert, registrar
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Philipott, Bartholomew
  • Terrick, Humphrey
  • Thorneburne, James, gent (also Thurnbarne)
  • Wood, George, gent

Places mentioned in the case

  • Kent
    • Sandwich
  • London
    • St Anne's, Blackfriars
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • denial of gentility
  • drunkenness
  • military officer