arrowcase: John Fern  c. Henry Heed    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

case detail
typeDefamation
date4 March 1494
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 190v-191v
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depositions
1494-03-04: Thomas Nelson, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he was present, trying to mediate the conflict between them, when Henry Heed defamed his servant John Fern as a thief. Claims that he holds a lower opinion of Fern until his innocence is proven.

1494-03-04: John Philipps, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he was asked by a certain smith to urge Henry Heed to be a more benevolent master towards Fern; testifies that he was present when Henry Heed, in response to his request, defamed Fern as a false harlot.

1494-03-04: John Reyner, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies to hearing John Fern purge himself of Heed`s accusation of theft in the commissary court, the witness acting as one of Fern`s compurgators; Heed in the court denied that he had accused him of theft, saying instead that he was a false harlot and perjurer.