85 Bunting v Hughes

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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William Bunting of East Greenwich, co. Kent, gent v Richard Hughes of the same, bricklayer

November 1637


Bunting claimed that Hughes, a local bricklayer, said to him on 7 November 1637, 'Thou art a drunken cheating knave; thou art a rascall; thou art a rogue. I will justifie the same, and I pray sett it downe in writing and I will putt my hand to it.' Process was granted and the case came before Lord Maltravers on 28 November; but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

3/90, Letter

'William Bunting of East Greenwich, co. Kent, gent, plaintiff, against Richard Hughes of the same towne and county, bricklayer

Richard Hughes, 7 Nov 1637, said to Bunting, Thou art a drunken cheating knave thou art a rascall thou art a rogue. I will justifie the same, and I pray sett it downe in writing and I will putt my hand to it.'

I desire a process'.

Signed by Clere Talbot.

'Mr Dethicke

If the plaintiff be a gentleman as he informes I holde the cause fitt for my L. Marshals Court.'

22 November 1637

Signed by Arthur Duck.

7/100, Plaintiff's bond

22 November 1637

Bound to duly prosecute his suit in the court in the painted chamber, Palace of Westminster.

Signed by William Bunting.

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

The defendant was described as a bricklayer.

Summary of proceedings

The cause came before Lord Maltravers on 28 November 1637, with Dr Talbot acting as counsel.


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
    • Letter: 3/90 (22 Nov 1637)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 7/100 (22 Nov 1637)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Maltravers: 8/30 (28 Nov 1637)

People mentioned in the case

  • Bunting, William, gent
  • Dethick, Gilbert, registrar
  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Hughes, Richard, bricklayer
  • Talbot, Clere, lawyer
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Kent
    • East Greenwich
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • allegation of cheating
  • denial of gentility
  • drunkenness