Proctors: Pyllyn, William

WILLIAM PYLLYN

Notary Public

WILLIAM PYLLYN (PYLLEN/ PILLYN), fl. 1526

Qualifications: Notary Public

Occurs as witness to the sentence EDC 5/1/2, probably proctor for the plaintiff

CAUSES:

ReferenceType of causeRoleOutcomeNotes
5/1/5   Matrimonial - separation from bed and board (adultery and cruelty)Proctor for defendantNot known

Proctors: Banester, James

JAMES BANESTER

Notary Public

JAMES BANESTER (BANISTER)

Qualifications: Notary Public

Signature of James (Jacobus) Banester from CALS EDC 1/20, f. 464

CAUSES:

ReferenceType of causeRoleOutcomeNotes
EDC 5/1580/5Immorality -acknowledgement of illegitimate childProctor for defendantPlaintiff wonDecision appealed to York and an inhibition was granted.
EDC 5/1580/7Matrimonial -enforcement of marriage contractProctor for defendantDefendant wonThe sentence may be a draft and not the final decision of the court.
EDC 5/1580/10Defamation - sexual slanderProctor for plaintiffUnknown

Proctors: Withens, William

WILLIAM WITHENS

Notary public

WILLIAM WITHENS (WITHINS, WYTHENS)

Qualifications: admitted to act as a proctor in the Chester Consistory Court on 6 May 1574, at which time he was described as literatus (literate or learned man). He was a Notary Public, but there is no reference to his having had a degree (CALS EDC 1/20, f. 312).

Notes: possibly a relative, perhaps son, of William Wethins who had been active as a proctor in Chester in the 1540s and 1550s.

CAUSES:

ReferenceType of causeRoleOutcomeNotes
EDC 5/1580/2Matrimonial - separation from bed and board: adulteryProctor for defendantPlaintiff won
EDC 5/1580/5Immorality – acknowledgement of illegitimate childProctor for plaintiffPlaintiff wonThe defendant appealed to York.

Proctors: Cowper, William

WILLIAM COWPER

WILLIAM COWPER

Qualifications:

Career: acting as proctor in the Chester Consistory Court by 1566

CAUSES:

ReferenceType of causeRoleOutcomeNotes
EDC 5/1566/10 Defamation - sexual slanderProctor for defendantPlaintiff won   He seems to have replaced Robert Parkinson in this cause

Proctors: Wright, Roland

ROLAND WRIGHT

Notary public

ROLAND WRIGHT

Qualifications: Notary Public, no other known qualifications

Career: acting as proctor in the Chester Consistory Court by ?

CAUSES:

ReferenceType of causeRoleOutcomeNotes
EDC 5/1575/5Defamation - unknown Proctor for defendantPlaintiff won

Proctors: Parkinson, Robert

ROBERT PARKINSON

Proctor at Chester from about 1564.

ROBERT PARKINSON

Qualifications: probably of Oxford; Bachelor of Arts 5 November 1561.

Sources:

‘Pace-Payton’, in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714, ed. Joseph Foster (Oxford, 1891), pp. 1104-1131. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/alumni-oxon/1500-1714/pp1104-1131

CAUSES:

ReferenceType of causeRoleOutcomeNotes
EDC 5/1566/9Defamation - sexual slander  Proctor  for defendant Not known

Proctors: Man, William

WILLIAM MAN

Notary public and rural dean of Warrington and Wirral

WILLIAM MAN, d. 1585

Qualifications: probably of Christ Church, Oxford, 1551; Bachelor of Arts 26 January 1555, Master of Arts 20 October 1558. Proctor at Chester from late 1561. If this is the same man, he was at Christ Church at the same time as Robert Leche, Chancellor of the diocese of Chester.

CCEd person ID 32107

Career: possibly vicar of Rickmansworth in 1559; rural dean of Warrington from about 1573; rural dean of Wirral 1582.

Further notes: It seems likely that he was the man of that name who was summoned to appear before the Ecclesiastical Commissioners on 30 April 1565 accused of fornication and was ordered to carry out the humiliating penance of appearing in St Peter’s church in Chester on a Saturday with bare feet and legs and without a hat and with a paper pinned to his shirt saying ‘Fornicator apon Easter daie at night’ and to go from the church through the Corn Market and then to stand on a ‘scaffold’ in the market place and publicly declare his offence. From there he was to go into the cathedral and offer 12d for the poor. It was often possible in offences like this arising from visitation presentments to commute such humiliating public penance for a cash payment to a charitable cause but this was not offered to Man. He refused to carry out the penance and also arranged for his co-accused, Jane Ruttor, to be illicitly released from prison. He was committed to gaol in Chester Castle but unfortunately no further record survives to show how he gained his liberty. Two of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners who imposed this penalty were William Downham, bishop of Chester, and Robert Leche. (CALS EDA 12/2 ff. 97, 98, 99v.) Man probably subsequently married Jane Ruttor as a cause from 1575/1576 was brought by Jane Man, wife of William Man, Master of Arts; she died as his widow in 1592.

The signature of William Man from CALS EDC 1/10, f. 433

Sources:

CALS EDA 12/2 ff. 97, 98, 98v.

‘Mab-Marygold’, in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714, ed. Joseph Foster (Oxford, 1891), pp. 956-982. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/alumni-oxon/1500-1714/pp956-982

 

CAUSES:

ReferenceType of causeRoleOutcomeNotes
EDC 5/1566/1 Matrimonial - restitution of conjugal rightsProctor for plaintiff  Plaintiff wonThe defendant did not answer any citation or turn up in court
EDC 5/1566/8   Tithes - barley and hay   Proctor for plaintiff Plaintiff won
EDC 5/1566/9 Defamation - sexual slander      Proctor  for plaintiff   Not known
EDC 5/1566/10Defamation - sexual slander    Proctor for plaintiffPlaintiff won
EDC 5/1566/12Tithes - calves, cows, gardens, lambs, sheep, wool Proctor for plaintiffDefendant wonThis was an unusual loss for a plaintiff and for William Man
EDC 5/1566/14Tithes - unknown Proctor for plaintiff Plaintiff won
EDC 5/1566/15Tithes - hay   Proctor for plaintiff Plaintiff won
EDC 5/1575/3 Tithes - grain   Proctor for defendantNot known
EDC 5/1575/15Tithes - hay   Proctor for plaintiff Plaintiff won
EDC 5/1580/2Matrimonial - separation from bed and board: adulteryProctor for plaintiff Plaintiff won

 

 

 

Proctors: Garnett, Brian

BRIAN GARNETT

Notary Public

BRIAN GARNETT, fl. 1529

Qualifications: Notary Public

References to this proctor are unusual as he is often referred to as ‘Brian’ or ‘Bryan’ whereas proctors are usually referred to by their surname.

CAUSES:

ReferenceType of causeRoleOutcomeNotes
5/1/4   Matrimonial – annulment (minor)Proctor for plaintiffNot known
5/1/5   Matrimonial - separation from bed and board (adultery and cruelty)Proctor for plaintiffNot known
5/1/7   Defamation – sexual slanderProctor for plaintiffNot known

Proctors: Prichard, John

JOHN PRICHARD

Notary public

JOHN PRICHARD, 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Laws

Career: acting as proctor in the Chester Consistory Court by 1565

 Possibly studied at Oxford he may be ‘John ap Prichard – studied 5 years, B.C.L. 29 May, 1560.’ British History Online: https://www.british-history.ac.uk/alumni-oxon/1500-1714/pp1208-1224

 Sat as substitute for the bishop’s official, Robert Leche, in July 1566 and passed sentence in a defamation cause (EDC 5 1566/20).

CAUSES:

ReferenceType of causeRoleOutcomeNotes
EDC 5/1566/8 Tithes - barley, hay   Proctor for defendantPlaintiff won
EDC 5/1566/12 Tithes - calves, cows, gardens, lambs, sheep, woolProctor for defendantDefendant wonIt was unusual for a plaintiff not to win
EDC 5/1566/15 Tithes - hay   Proctor for defendantPlaintiff won
EDC 5/1575/2  Defamation -sexual slander Proctor for defendantPlaintiff wonSee EDC 5 1576/2 for sentence
EDC 5/1575/5     Defamation - unknownProctor for defendantPlaintiff won
EDC 5/1575/15   Tithes - hay   Proctor for defendantPlaintiff won