arrowcase: Robert Walsh, Mark Patenson  c. Margaret Flemmyng    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

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date22 Jan., 27 Jan., 1 Mar. 1491
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 80r-82v
1491-01-22: Margaret Flemmyng, Response of Defendant
Responds that Mark Patenson had on several occasions asked her to take him as her husband, and that by early December 1490 she had been willing to do so, and that they exchanged ambiguous promises. Responds that she had previously discussed contracting marriage with Robert Walsh, but heard that he had since decided to marry John Reed`s servant Maude. Responds that she had intended to have Patenson as her husband if Walsh married Maude, but not otherwise. Responds that she and Patenson exchanged gifts, which she accepted “as from her husband.”

1491-01-27: Richard Lynch, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that Walsh told him that he intended to solemnize marriage with Flemmyng when he returned from overseas. Sometime after 25 December 1490, presumably after Robert`s return from overseas, the deponent witnessed a present contract between Robert Walsh and Margaret Flemmyng in her father`s house.

1491-01-27: Thomas Kent, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies concerning the details of the marriage arrangement between Robert Walsh and Margaret Flemmyng`s parents, late June 1490. Testifies that he was present when Walsh and Flemmyng`s parents agreed that Walsh would not contract marriage with any other woman, and that Flemmyng`s parents and Flemmyng agreed she would wait for Robert to return from Ireland. Testifies that two weeks before his testimony he, on Walsh`s behalf (likely in his professional capacity as lawyer), and Margaret`s father John Flemmyng made the financial settlement for the marriage, and later that evening, or so he heard, Margaret Flemmyng and Walsh contracted marriage.

1491-01-27: John Smyth, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he witnessed a present contract between Robert Walsh and Margaret Flemmyng in her parents` house, about 13 January 1491; he instructed the parties on how to contract.

1491-01-27: William Snowdon, Witness for Plaintiff
Agrees with previous witness, John Smyth, except that he did not instruct the parties.

1491-03-01: Alice Martyn, Witness for Competitor Suit
Testifies that she witnessed a future contract between Margaret Flemmyng and Mark Patenson as she lay in her childbed, in November 1490. Testifies that Flemmyng told her Patenson gave her a gold ring which her father later ripped from her hand.

1491-03-01: Agnes Agar, Witness for Competitor Suit
Agrees with previous witness, Alice Martyn regarding the contract. Testifies that she believes Margaret Flemmyng intended to have Mark Patenson as her husband because Flemmyng had asked this witness in November 1490 to go to Martyn`s house to ask Martyn to act as an intermediary between her and Patenson. Testifies to exchange of gifts between Flemmyng and Patenson, both of whom told her they accepted them in the name of marriage.