arrowcase: William Newport  c. Isabel Newport    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

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typeMarriage
date15 January 1491; 27 Jan., 9 Feb., [?]1 July 1492
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 79v, 95r-97v, 112rv
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depositions
1491-01-15: William Powle, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he was present, as the parish clerk of the church of St. Botulph without Aldgate, at the solemnization of Isabel and William Newport’s marriage, c. 29 September 1477.

1491-01-15: John Coker, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies Isabel and William Newport`s marriage was solemnized as William Powle testified.

1492-01-27: John Smyth, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies he witnessed frequent quarrelling between William and Isabel Newport, both of whom defamed one another, and that it was Isabel who instigated it. Testifies that he witnessed Isabel charge towards William with a brooch, believing she would have stabbed him had he not turned to the side. Testifies that William is an honest man of good reputation, and that Isabel, whom he once heard during an argument with William publicly invite other men to have sex with her, is reputed a prostitute.

1492-01-27: William Roger, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that Isabel Newport is prone to quarrels, anger, and violence (she threw a man into a ditch), that it is dangerous for William Newport to live with her, and that she is reputed as a common whore in the parish of St. Botulph without Bishopsgate.

1492-01-27: John Mader, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that Isabel Newport is a woman of ill fame and is reputed as a whore and adulteress. Testifies that he often heard her call William Newport a cuckold; he often saw them fighting in the streets, although Isabel was often the only one fighting. Testifies that it is dangerous for William to live with Isabel because he cannot govern her.

1492-02-09: John Twemlowe, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies to Isabel Newport`s life-threatening abuse of William Newport. Testifies John Foster told him around 29 September 1491 of an incident three years before, when Isabel and William were pulling each other`s hair and Isabel, Foster claimed, would have either killed or badly injured William with a knife had Thomas Haryson not intervened. Testifies that he was present when Isabel called William a cuckold, threw him into the Houndsditch, and, when asked why she acted as such with her husband, claimed he was not her husband and that she would curse anyone who called him so.

1492-02-09: John Robartson, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that Isabel Newport told him she had put William Newport in the Houndsditch, sometime before 25 December 1491. Testifies to hearsay in the parish of St. Botulph without Bishopsgate regarding Isabel`s cruelty towards William.

1492-02-09: John Foster, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that William Newport often mentioned that when he would return home from his travels he would find his wife Isabel in bed with another man she claimed was her blood relative. Testifies that he witnessed around February 1491 an altercation between William and a foreign man to whom Isabel was talking; William chased the man away and then beat Isabel. Testifies that around 1488 William removed a knife Isabel had put in his bed, and that he heard her say the following morning that had he not removed the knife, she would have killed him.

1492-02-09: Thomas Goodeale, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that Isabel Newport told him to call her “Isabel Horseley” and not “Newport” for she would rather see William hanged than to have him as her husband. Testifies that she spoke other “threatening and disparaging” words about William.

1492-07-01: Thomas Millener, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that Richard Stanley told him Isabel Newport, after having broken down the [door? Stone?] of the house around 29 September 1491, wished to take with her William Newport`s dishes, utensils, and pewter platters and give them to Stanley to keep for her use. Testifies that he himself refused to take William`s belongings when Isabel asked him to keep them for her. Testifies that Isabel often told him she “wished to make merry with William`s goods.”

1492-07-01: Richard Stanley, Witness for Plaintiff
Agrees with previous witness, John Smyth. Testifies that Isabel Newport told him she went through an alley next to his house to get to William Newport`s home, and from there carried away utensils, platters, and other of William`s belongings. Testifies that he refused to take William`s belongings for safe keeping when Isabel asked him to keep them.

1492-07-01: John Smyth, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies to having witnessed Isabel Newport around 29 September 1489 or 1490 entering William Newport`s house and stealing his goods; testifies that she tried to escape through Richard Stanley`s house with William`s goods in hand, though Stanley did not permit her to pass. Testifies to Isabel`s “evil disposition and rule.”