arrowcase: James Ely  c. Sir William Kirkham    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

case detail
typeDefamation
date
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 216v-219r
remarks: L. R. Poos discusses this case in A Rural Society After the Black Death: Essex 1350-1525 (Cambridge, 1991), 277-78.
depositions
1494-11-21: Thomas Saveryng, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he was present when Sir William Kirkham, parish priest, defamed James Ely at mass, 27 July 1493.

1494-11-21: Thomas Burre, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he was present during hostile exchanges between Sir William Kirkham and James Ely at mass, late July 1493 (suggesting sacrilegious behaviour on Ely`s part).

1494-11-21: Andrew Fynche, Witness for Plaintiff
Agrees with previous witness, Thomas Saveryng, and testifies that he heard James Ely publicly defy parish priest Sir William Kirkham.

1494-11-21: Thomas Gibbes, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he was present when Sir William Kirkham, rector, banished James Ely from his church, accusing him of keeping company with criminals, 20 Feb. 1493. Also, testifies that he witnessed Kirkham defame Ely at mass, warning the parishioners against socializing with him, 27 July 1493.

1494-11-21: Robert Stane, Witness for Plaintiff
Agrees with the first witness, and testifies that James Ely publicly defied clergyman Sir William Kirkham.