arrowcase: Margaret Niter, Agnes Skern  c. Piers Curtes    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

case detail
typeMarriage
date19 Jan., 21 Jan., 24 Jan., 26 Jan., 27 Jan. 1488
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065B: 1r, 1v-2r, 4r-4v
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depositions
1488-01-19: Ralph Riplingham, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he witnessed present contract between Margaret Niter and Piers Curtes, 13 September, 1487, and that they subsequently exchanged marriage gifts.

1488-01-21: Thomas Clarell, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he witnessed, along with Ralph Riplingham, a present contract between his daughter Margaret Niter and Piers Curtes, on 13 September 1487, and that Curtes often claimed in his presence that Niter was his wife. Testifies that he wished to give his daughter`s two children land and tenements valued at 40 pounds.

1488-01-24: Beatrice Stoughton, Witness for Competitor Suit
Testifies that after interrogating both parties regarding their intentions towards one another, about 9 October 1486 she witnessed a future tense contract between her daughter Agnes Skern and Piers Curtes. Testifies that she prevented them from sleeping together that night. Testifies that Skern and Curtes exchanged rings, that after the contract Curtes frequently referred to Skern as his wife, and that he “ laboured diligently to recuperate certain lands and tenements” that belonged to [Robert] Skern, Agnes`s previous husband.

1488-01-24: Ann Frisell, Witness for Competitor Suit
Testifies that she was sole witness to a present contract between Agnes Skern and Piers Curtes, about 12 October 1486. Testifies that Curtes asked her not to tell Skern`s mother about the contract. Testifies that before that day, she had brought Curtes a ring before giving one to Skern on Curtes` behalf. Testifies that all of this is common knowledge in the parish of St. Nicholas.

1488-01-26: Piers Curtes, Response of Defendant
Admits to marriage contract with Margaret Niter in Niter`s father`s house, about 14 September 1486, and to marriage contract with Agnes Skern, first in the presence of Ann Frisell and Beatrice Soughton about 9 October 1487, and then again in the presence of the Earl of Oxford, his wife, James Blount, William Noris, Philip Lewis, and others.

1488-01-26: Robert Say, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that since late September 1487 it is has been common knowledge in the parish of St. Alphage that Margaret Niter and Piers Curtes contracted marriage.

1488-01-26: Richard Dungan, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that since early November 1487 it has been common knowledge in the parish that Agnes Skern and a certain Curtes contracted marriage.

1488-01-27: John Snoryng, Witness for Competitor Suit
Testifies that it has been common knowledge in the parish of St. Nicholas for over a year that Agnes Skern and Piers Curtes contracted marriage, and that many wonder why the marriage has yet to be solemnized.