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Reference:CP.G.2022
Repository:Borthwick Institute GB 193


Court:Consistory
Case:Defamation (sexual slander)
Details:7 Pieces; Has deposition; Has libel; No sentence
Outcome:
Date: 28/9/1581 — 28/9/1581


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Participant:Thomas   Wormley [Woormley;  Woormeley; Wormley; Wormeley]
Role:plaintiff
Details:male



Participant:Edward   Taylor [Taliour;  Tailer; Tayler; Taylier; Tayllor]
Role:defendant
Details:male; married to Margaret
Location:Hatfield (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Thorne (Thurne) : chapelry
Hatfield (YorkshireWestRiding)
Hatfield (Hatfeild, Hatefeild, Hatfeilde) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Baldwin   Cutler [Cutler]
Role:witness
Details:male; 54
Employment:linen weaver
Location:Hatfield (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Thorne (Thurne) : chapelry



Participant:Richard   Reader [Reder]
Role:witness
Details:male; 34; husbandman
Location:Hatfield (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Thorne (Thurne) : chapelry



Participant:Edward   Stark [Starke]
Role:witness
Details:male; 42; husbandman
Location:Hatfield (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Thorne (Thurne) : chapelry



Participant:Edward   Ferriby [Ferrybie]
Role:witness
Details:male; 48
Employment:chapman
Location:Hatfield (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Thorne (Thurne) : chapelry



Associated Places
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Location:Kirton (Kirton) : undefined
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Abstract

Thomas claimed that Edward defamed him in the town of Thurne by calling him ribband and further saying that Edward had said his wife had ‘told him that the said Thomas Woormeley had divers tymes sought by unreasonable meanes to be nought with her and she to playe the noughty pack with him and that he the said Thomas Wormley had carried his the said Edward wife awaye.’ Thomas further claimed that he had confronted Edward about the defamation, and stated that Edward had admitted he spoke the words and not only stood by what he said but also blamed Thomas for he and his wife now having parted. Thomas issued further articles in which he stated that Margaret Tailor, the wife of Edward, had never said that Thomas had tried to commit adultery with her, but had admitted that her husband had attempted to persuade her to say that he had, and had beaten her and threatened her with further violence when she refused. Thomas further claimed that he and Edward were related, and had always been friends until Edward had defamed him, but that Edward had taken offence when is brother had come off worse in an affray he instigated with Thomas. Edward denied that he had defamed Thomas, but stated his belief that something had occurred between his wife and Thomas. Thomas produced witnesses who supported his claims, and Edward issued interrogatories to be put to those witnesses.

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