Viewing Event Record: Chancery, Duke and Heywood vs Browne: Duke explains his failure to respond to Browne's reply


The Worcester's Men, led by John Duke and Thomas Heywood, sue Robert Browne in Chancery Court. A court order dated 8 June 1602 records Duke's reason for having failed to prosecute the suit. As the plaintiff's counsel explains, the purpose of the suit was to bring in six bonds made by Duke and the Worcester's Men to Browne. Browne agreed outside of court to deliver up the bonds to the plaintiff; they saw no reason, therefore, to proceed with the case. As a result of this forbearance, however, Browne has won damages of the plaintiff. The court orders Master Dr Matthew Carew to look into the matter.

Date Event Recorded

From: 8 June 1602 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: late Summer 1601 To: 8 June 1602 (Source of claim: transcription)


Boar's Head


Name Role
Carew, Matthew Master in Chancery
Browne, Robert (III) defendant
Duke, John plaintiff
Heywood, Thomas plaintiff
Stavorton, plaintiff's counsel

Event Type

  • company business
  • court case