arrowcase: Thomas Byrch  c. Elizabeth Barker    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

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date22 Nov., 18 Dec. 1487, 17 Apr. 1488
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MSS DL/C/A/001/MS09065 and DL/C/A/001/MS09065B: MS09065, 39r, 42r; MS09065B, 9v-10r
1487-11-22: Christopher Rotherey, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he had William Story arrested because John Barker, Elizabeth Barker`s father, gave him a letter of attorney to arrest Story on account of money he had stolen from John Barker. Testifies that he would have arrested Story even if his marriage with Elizabeth Barker had been solemnized and that he acted, therefore, with no regards to the marriage suit and court citation.

1487-12-18: Elizabeth Barker, Response of Defendant
Responds that Thomas Byrch`s employer had spoken to her about accepting Byrch as her husband, and that she had replied stating she was not disposed to marry him or anyone else. Admits that while the current case was pending she sought an action of security of peace against Brych`s master, William, but states that this was unrelated to the case and had to do with William`s prior attempt to kill her father.

1488-04-17: Thomas Byrch, Response of Plaintiff
Admits that when summoner Stephen Folton tried to cite him to appear in the Consistory, he challenged Folton`s credentials and demanded to see the citation, trying to grab it from Folton and they struggled over the document. Folton then gave him the citation, which he in turn had copied by John Coke; when Coke later asked him to produce the original, he did not have it with him and so could not.