arrowcase: Beatrice Smyth  c. John Crote    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

case detail
typeMarriage
date30 Jul. 1487
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 35r-37r
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depositions
1487-07-30: Agnes Vaghan, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that five years before she witnessed a marriage contract between John Crote and Beatrice Smyth while Crote lay ill, and was later present when the two re-affirmed their commitment to marry each other. Testifies that Crote and Smyth exchanged gifts and received them as husband and wife.

1487-07-30: Joan Mortymer, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that it was common knowledge about eight years before in the parish that Beatrice Smyth intended to have John Crote as her husband, and that she was present when Smyth confirmed her intentions in the presence of her mistress, Elizabeth Abel, and John Crote`s master, the rector of the parish church. Testifies that she heard the rector had impeded the solemnization of Crote and Smyth`s marriage when Crote fell ill, and that she was present when Abel sent Smyth, carrying the pair of linen cloths this witness had given her, to console Crote.

1487-07-30: Thomas Stone, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that Master Thomas Sutton, rector of St. Michael Queenhithe, frequently admitted to him and his wife that he had impeded the marriage between John Crote and Beatrice Smyth.

1487-07-30: Margaret Smyth, Witness for Plaintiff
Agrees with previous witness, Thomas Stone. Testifies that about 1482 she often heard John Crote and Beatrice Smyth state they had contracted marriage together, and that Crote claimed that both the rector and "the wife at the sign of the bells" [probably Elizabeth Abel] had impeded the solemnization of the marriage.