CP.H.2114
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Reference:CP.H.2114
Repository:Borthwick Institute GB 193


Court:undefined
Case:Immorality (adultery)
Details:3 Pieces; Has deposition; No libel; No sentence
Outcome:
Date: 1/4/1636 — 1/4/1636


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People & Places
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Participant:Office 
Role:plaintiff
Details:undefined



Participant:Anne   Harrison [Harrison]
Role:defendant
Details:female; wife of John Harrison
Location:Old Malton (YorkshireNorthRiding)
Place(s):New Malton (New Malton) : undefined
Old Malton (YorkshireNorthRiding)
New Malton : undefined
York Gate (Yorke Gate) : street name




Participant:[William]   Hobson [Hobson]
Role:prosecution proctor
Details:male



Participant:Thomas   Wardill [Wardell]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:Anne   Wood [Wood]
Role:witness
Details:female



Participant:George   Houseman [Houseman]
Alternate name:George   Cheeseman [Cheeseman]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:Thomas   Blackborn [Blackeburne]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:Anne   Morden [Morden]
Role:witness
Details:female



Participant:William   Christiliowe [Christiliowe;  Christillowe]
Role:witness
Details:male
Notes:Cannot identify the surname 'Christiliowe'.



Participant:Elizabeth   Storr [Storr]
Role:witness
Details:female



Participant:William   Widhouse [Widhouse;  Widdous]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:William   Ness [Nesse]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:Chrsitopher   Tod [Todd]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:Arthur   Grain [Greame;  Graine; Grane]
Role:witness
Details:male
Employment:high constable for the wapentake of Dickering



Participant:Thomas   Shaw [Shawe]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:Thomas   Shaw [Shawe]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:John   Botterell [Botterell]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:Mary   Wilson [Wilson]
Role:witness
Details:female



Participant:John   Storr [Storr]
Role:witness
Details:male; clerk



Participant:Helen   Green [Greene]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:Henry   Forster [Foster]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:Elizabeth   Will [Willes]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:Mary   Ive [Ives]
Role:witness
Details:female



Participant:John   Spavand [Spavand;  Spavan]
Role:witness
Details:male
Notes:Cannot identify the surname 'Spavand'.



Participant:John   Taylor [Taylour]
Role:witness
Details:male; 37; husbandman
Location:Thirsk (YorkshireNorthRiding)
Place(s):Sowerby (Suerby) : township



Participant:John   Grain [Graine]
Role:witness
Details:male; 33; yeoman
Location:Thirsk (YorkshireNorthRiding)
Place(s):Sowerby (Suerby) : township



Participant:John   Turner [Turner]
Role:witness
Details:male; 60; husbandman
Location:Wetwang (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Fimber (Fimber) : undefined



Participant:Martin   Binnington [Bynnington]
Role:witness
Details:male; 27
Employment:ostler
Location:York (Ebor') : city



Participant:Thomas   Turner [Turner]
Role:witness
Details:male; 22
Employment:labourer
Location:Old Malton (YorkshireNorthRiding)
Place(s):New Malton (Nova Malton) : undefined



Participant:Gervase   Fowler [Fewler]
Role:witness
Details:male; 30; joiner
Location:Old Malton (YorkshireNorthRiding)
Place(s):New Malton (New Malton) : undefined



Participant:Jane   Hardwick [Hardwicke]
Role:witness
Details:female; 32; wife of Thomas Hardwick, joiner
Location:Old Malton (YorkshireNorthRiding)
Place(s):New Malton (Nova Malton) : undefined



Participant:Michael   Welbank [Welbancke]
Role:witness
Details:male; 60
Employment:shoemaker
Location:Old Malton (YorkshireNorthRiding)
Place(s):New Malton (Nova Malton) : undefined



Participant:Robert   Newlove [Newlove]
Role:witness
Details:male; 53; husbandman
Location:Fridaythorpe (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Fridaythorpe (Frydaythorpe) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Robert   Johnson [Johnson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 30; yeoman
Location:Old Malton (YorkshireNorthRiding)
Place(s):New Malton (Nova Malton) : undefined



Participant:Marmeduke   Hoope [Hoope]
Role:witness
Details:male; 26
Employment:innholder
Location:Old Malton (YorkshireNorthRiding)
Place(s):New Malton (Nova Malton) : undefined



Participant:Richard   Pashley [Pashley]
Role:witness
Details:male; 30
Employment:glover
Location:Old Malton (YorkshireNorthRiding)
Place(s):New Malton (Nova Malton) : undefined



Participant:Elizabeth   Pashley [Pashley]
Role:witness
Details:female; 30; wife of Richard Pashley, glover
Location:Old Malton (YorkshireNorthRiding)
Place(s):Malton (Malton) : undefined
Unclear if Old or New Malton is meant.



Associated Places
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Location:Yorkshire, North Riding

Place(s): Yorkshire North Riding (North Riding) : undefined
Location:Wilberfoss (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Newton Upon Derwent (Newton upon Darwent, Newton upon Darwint) : undefined
Location:Old Malton (YorkshireNorthRiding)
Place(s):Malton (Malton) : undefined
Cannot identify if Old or New Malton is meant.
Location:Bempton (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Bempton (Bempton) : ecclesiastical parish
Location:Hall House (Hall House) : habitation
Cannot identify
Location:Yorkshire, East Riding

Place(s): Dickering (Dickeringe) : wapentake
Abstract

There are three parts to this Cause numbered CP.H.2017, CP.H.2085 & CP.H.2114. The Court sat several times between 29 May 1635 and 18 March 1635/6 and heard about 37 witnesses. Plaintiff and defendant were a married couple with children, who lived separately. In the Accusation (which is damaged, but mostly legible) the defendant Anne Harrison is accused of committing adultery with Robert Kirke. After the Interrogatories, the first witness related how in August 1634 the plaintiff husband, John Harrison, together with the witness and two others, broke into the defendant’s house in Yorkersgate, New Malton, and surprised the couple “in naked bedd” together in the defendant’s bedchamber. Kirke fled from the chamber to shouts of “a fox, a fox unkenneled!”

 

Other prosecution witnesses testified to the couple’s suspicious behaviour in other places and their bad characters. The defendant’s personal response to the Interrogatories is very brief, but her witnesses sought to discredit the prosecution witnesses and cast doubt on some of the prosecution evidence, especially with respect to the events of that August night in 1634. It is apparent that the fight between man and wife had been going on for some time. He claimed that she tried to get rid of him with trumped up charges of a felony, while she apparently hired a thug with a pitchfork to protect her house from invasion by her husband.

 

The prosecution proctor summed up the evidence in convincing manner before calling his last witnesses, who tried to show that the defence witnesses were paupers and criminals, who had been bribed by the defendant to depose on her behalf. The depositions appear to be complete, but there is no verdict or sentence.

 

[Abstract created by Andrew Griffiths, 6 November 2013]

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