arrowcase: Laurence Wyberd, John Austen  c. Maude Gyll    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

case detail
typeMarriage
date17 Nov., 21 Nov., 3 Dec. 1491
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 3v-5v, 249v-251r
remarks:
depositions
1491-11-17: John Wyberd, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he witnessed a contract around Christmas 1490 between his son, Laurence Wyberd, and Maude Gyll, in Gyll`s parents` house, conditional on her parents’ consent, which was immediately given. Both parties exchanged gifts for the occasion. Testifies that on 23 or 24 May 1491 he heard Gyll proclaim she wanted no other man than Wyberd as her husband and that Gyll urged him to set into motion the solemnization of her and Wyberd`s marriage by the end of September 1491.

1491-11-17: Robert Hudson, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that around Christmas 1490 he witnessed a contract between Laurence Wyberd and Maude Gyll at her parents` house, and that both parties exchanged gifts for the occasion.

1491-11-17: Thomas Wyberd, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that around Christmas 1490 he witnessed a future contract between his brother Laurence Wyberd and Maude Gyll at her parents` house, and that both parties exchanged gifts for the occasion. Testifies that Gyll admitted to a man named Gregos and to William Kemp of Epping that she and Wyberd had contracted marriage together.

1491-11-21: Maude Gyll, Response of Defendant
Admits that she contracted marriage by words of the present tense in her parents` house with John Austen, around Christmas 1489, and that she and Austen subsequently exchanged gifts for the occasion. Responds that her contract with Austen is well known in the parish of St. Benet Fink and neighbouring places.

1491-11-21: Thomas Wilby, Witness for Competitor Suit
Testifies that he witnessed Maude Gyll and John Austen contract marriage in the present tense in April or May [1491?]. Testifies that he was present when Gyll gave Austen a pair of gloves as a marriage token, and that Austen happily received it.

1491-11-21: Robert Austen, Witness for Competitor Suit
Testifies that he witnessed a present contract in Maude Gyll`s parents’ home between Gyll and John Austen, 25 December 1489. Testifies that he witnessed another present contract between the parties on 25 April 1491, and that Austen gave Gyll a ring as a marriage token.

1491-11-21: Maude Gyll, Response of Defendant
Responds that she did not receive Laurence Wyberd`s gift of gloves as a token of marriage. Denies having given Wyberd any gifts.

1491-12-03: Alice Gyll, Witness for Competitor Suit
Testifies that Laurence Wyberd gave her daughter Maude Gyll a pair of gloves, but not as a token of marriage. Testifies that she thinks John Austen should win the case as he is in the right.

1491-12-03: John Gyll, Witness for Competitor Suit
Deposition lost/cuts off.