I have been sent an extract in Latin from William Nelson's "Lex
maneriorum" of  by my cousin Mike from Australia. It refers to
the above case. I append my answer to Mike after my signature. But
if anyone can shed light on any of the names or dates or situation, I
would be delighted to pick up any morsels.
Mike wrote :-
Dear Coz: An interesting find:
And I wrote thus :- Dear Mike,
I have transcribed what you sent : for which many thanks by the way.
Where do you find such things ?!!! I have also found a couple of
other references to this matter in English, though the Latin does not
look too difficult to translate, as it is in set legal forms that I'm
roughly used to from wills.
It looks to me to be a dispute during the long reign of Charles II,
which people tend to forget started in 1649 immediately after the
execution of his father. So I think we are talking about Philip
Steer III of Slapton [1614-1648] as the grandfather in the case, but
this presumes that he had a son Edmund, who then left everything to
his brother Philip, and then it all descended to the Edmund Sture in
the case, though whose child he is is not yet clear. This all comes
in the period for which I have a lot of loose ends.
The case refers to a trespass and an abduction of a gelding, regarded
as a heriot, i.e. the payment of the best beast on the death of the
tenant. This took place at Le Stable, Newton Ferrars, though other
places referred to are in Ugborough parish. The plaintiff in the
case, Hugo Osborne, clearly married one of the tenants, Dorothy
Edgcomb, who with her friend/relation/sister, Margery Upton, had the
original lease from the Stures. The judges were divided about fifty-
fifty in their opinion and so eventually the case was sent to the
Exchequer-Chamber, an early form of Court of Appeal, were it was heard
in Trinity Term in the fourth year of James II, which must have been
almost at the final gasp of his reign !
The attorney, Charles Tayler, who is mentioned as speaking for Edmund
Sture to the court, is interesting too, because it was a Charles
Taylor, attorney, of Diptford who bought Marridge House and farm and
all the remaining Sture lands from an Edmund Sture in 1699. Perhaps
poor Edmund [literally] couldn't pay his lawyer. Taylor has a large
monument in Diptford Church.
Possibly more to follow in this maze.