arrowcase: Thomas Wulley  c. Margaret Isot  John Heth    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

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date18 Dec. 1488; 4 Mar., 9 Mar. 1489
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 48v-49v; 53v-55r
1488-12-18: Margaret Isot, Response of Defendant
Responds that she contracted marriage with John Heth, 1 August 1474, and thereafter lived with him as his wife for more than three years and had a son. Denies marriage contract with Thomas Wolley, claiming this alleged contract was a rumour spread by both Heth and Wolley.

1489-03-04: John Calton, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that in November 1472 Thomas Wulley`s father approached him, as the headborough (constable) of St. John`s Street, saying that he suspected that his son and Margaret Isot were fornicating. Testifies that their neighbours, too, had for months suspected they were fornicating. Testifies that he caught Wulley and Isot getting undressed in John Cracow`s house, and that when he threatened to take them to prison, they told him that they wanted to wed, and they exchanged future consent before him and the others present.

1489-03-09: Margaret Baron alias Harbard alias Spicer, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that she was present about 1 November 1471 when John Calton chided John Cracow for allowing Thomas Wulley and Margaret Isot to fornicate in his home; Cracow replied stating he did so because they were married, having himself, along with Robert Marley, witnessed the contract between them. Calton said that he wanted to be sure of the marriage, scolding Wulley that it was against his parents` wishes, but that Wulley and Isot affirmed they were married and there exchanged future consent again. Testifies also that she was present when banns were issued soon after. Testifies that John Heth and Isot lived together “for a certain time” as spouses in the parish of St. Giles.

1489-03-09: Joan Cracow, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that she witnessed a future contract between Margaret Isot and Thomas Wulley, early November 1471. Agrees with previous witness, Margaret Baron, except that she does not recall John Calton saying to Wulley that it was not his parents` will that he marry Isot. Testifies to rumours regarding Isot`s marriage to John Heth, and that she believed that Wulley had died.