arrowcase: Robert Warde  c. Joan Qualley or Whalley    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

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typeMarriage
date8 Nov.; 10 Nov.; 17 Nov. 1491; btwn. 22 Dec 1491; 18 Jan., 24 Feb. 1492
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 6r-8r, 93v-94v, 98rv
remarks:
depositions
1491-11-08: Joan Qualley or Whalley, Response of Defendant
Admits to an exchange of gifts between herself and Robert Warde, but claims she did not receive hers as a token of marriage and that she does not know how he received his gift. A rumour circulated, but only since banns were issued between her and William Dichand.

1491-11-10: Eleanor Knap or Cnap, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that she witnessed a future contract between Robert Warde and Joan Qualley and that she was present when they exchanged gifts, October 1491.

1491-11-10: John Knap or Cnap, Witness for Plaintiff
Agrees with previous witness, Eleanor Knap. Testifies that Robert Warde and Joan Qualley are commonly reputed to be husband and wife in the parishes of St. Dunstan in the West and St. Botulph without Bishopsgate.

1491-11-17: Thomas Martyn, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies to hearsay from inhabitants of the parishes of St. Botulph without Bishopsgate and St. Dunstan in the West that Robert Warde and Joan Qualley, his mistress, are married.

1491-11-17: Robert Holden, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he does not know of any marriage contract between Robert Warde and Joan Qualley, his employer, and that he is unaware whether or not their gifts to one another were given and accepted as tokens of marriage.

1491-12-22: John Smyth, Witness for Defendant
Testifies that Robert Warde is servant to John and Eleanor Knap, both of whom are biased in his favour. Testifies that he was present when an argument broke out in the church of St. Paul between Eleanor Knap and Joan Qualley, where Eleanor defamed Qualley by calling her a prostitute. Testifies that it is common knowledge that John Knap was mediator and broker for Qualley and Warde`s marriage, and that Eleanor Knap is hostile to Qualley and favours Warde.

1491-12-22: William Brignell, Witness for Defendant
Agrees with previous witness, James (John) Smyth, adding that he witnessed John Knap rebuke and defame Joan Qualley, accusing her of having breached her late husband`s will. Testifies that he believes Knap is not an indifferent witness in this case.

1491-12-22: John Smyth, Witness for Defendant
Re-examination. Testifies that he is here as a witness on behalf of Joan Qualley and that he acted as her solicitor in the probate of her late husband`s will. Testifies that he believes John and Eleanor Knap to be of good fame, although admits to having heard negative things about John.

1492-01-27: William Brignell, Witness for Defendant
Re-examined on the interrogatories. Testifies that he is here as a witness on behalf of Joan Qualley and that she is paying his court expenses. Testifies that John and Eleanor Knap are people of good fame.

1492-02-24: William Dichand or Dygham , Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he contracted marriage with Joan Qualley, in late October or early November 1491, and that he procured its solemnization in the chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula in the Tower around 10 February 1492 despite the court`s inhibitions, about which he claims he was never warned.

1492-02-24: Joan Qualley or Whalley, Response of Defendant
Responds that she heard that the rector of St. Botulph was forbidden from solemnizing marriage between her and William Dichand. Admits that she contracted marriage with Dichand on 30 October 1491 and that the marriage was solemnized in the chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula in the Tower around 10 February 1492.