Viewing Event Record: London Consistory, Newton vs Waters: Duke deposes


In John Newton's suit against Joan Waters for enforcement of a marriage contract, William Duke deposes in favour of Waters. Duke identifies Newton as a player of the company that plays regularly at the Curtain and the Boar's Head. Duke reports that George Ireland told Waters that Newton would bring her twenty shillings weekly in maintenance, and would make a jointure of an inn in Burntwood. Duke notes that these promises were meant to persuade Waters. Duke urged Waters to consider carefully before making any promises herself, which offended Ireland. Duke notes that Ireland was a great friend of Newton's, and that Ireland tried to keep any of Waters' friends away from her when the contract was under negotiation.

Date Event Recorded

From: 17 February 1611 To: 14 June 1611 (Source of claim: transcription)

Date Event Happened

From: October 1610 To: February 1611 (Source of claim: transcription)

Date notes

This deposition was given on either 17 February 1611, 7 June 1611, or 14 June 1611. See Geise, 'Theatrical Citings and Bitings' p117.


Boar's Head


Name Role
Waters, Joan defendant
Duke, William deponent
Ireland, George gentleman
Newton, John plaintiff

Event Type

  • court case
  • player context