Manuscript text of legal precedents belonging to D'Ewes Coke (1774-1856), barrister,undated, c.1800

Scope and Content

The text is written in a faint hand in a bound volume, and extends to 183 pages. The title'Precedents in Special Pleading' is given on the first page. This is followed by pages headed'Venues', being locations where cases took place, and 'Index', a list of contents of cases recordedin the volume. The text itself opens under the heading 'Assumpsit', the legal action which seems tobe the particular subject of concern. Notes and glosses in the margin add details of precedents inactions involving debt, bankruptcy and other civil cases. Actions are cited from a variety ofcourts. The names of plaintiffs and defendants are commonly given.

Administrative / Biographical History

D'Ewes Coke (1747-1811) was born at Mansfield Woodhouse, the son of George Coke of Kirkby Hall,Nottinghamshire. He was educated at Repton School and St John's College, Cambridge. Entering thechurch in 1771, he held the rectorship of Pinxton and South Normanton, Derbyshire from 1771 to 1811and in 1790 was ordained as a deacon for Coventry and Lichfield. He married Hannah, daughter ofGeorge Heywood of Brimington Hall, Nottinghamshire. Coke spent his later years at Brookhill Hall,Nottinghamshire.

His son, also D'Ewes Coke (1774-1856), was educated at Westminster School, Glasgow University andCambridge University. He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1789 and called to the bar in 1797. Helived at Brookhill Hall and was a Justice of the Peace for Nottinghamshire. Coke was agent for theDuke of Rutland's estates and also served as recorder of Newark, Nottinghamshire and deputy recorderfor Grantham, Lincolnshire. In 1797, he married Harriet, daughter of Thomas Wright of MapperleyHall, Nottinghamshire.


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Custodial History

Details of the provenance or acquisition of the volume by the University of Nottingham'sDepartment of Manuscripts and Special Collections are not certain. 'D'Ewes Coke' is written on thetitle page. On the inside cover appears also the name H.W. Bingham. The volume seems to have formedpart of the University Library collections by 1948.

Related Material

  • Derby Local Studies Library: Diary, family papers and correspondence of D'Ewes Coke.1790-1855.
  • Derbyshire Record Office: Correspondence between D'Ewes Coke and Edmund Outram relating to theRectorship of Bakewell. 1816-1818. Reference: D2189/4/25-52