Deposition – Cuthbert Fairlamb – 28 Nov 1757

Document Type: Deposition
Date: 28 Nov 1757
Correspondent: Cuthbert Fairlamb
Archive Source: NRO 324/W1/28
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Cuthbert Fairlamb, 66, said that about 33/34 years ago he farmed in Huntershields Quarter in Whitfield and was desired to ride along with Mr Utrick Whitfield son of Mathew Whitfield Esq. in riding the boundary of the Manor of Whitfield. Saith that in the riding of the said boundary when they came to the Long Cross, Robert Armstrong and John Armstrong who were servants to Sir William Blackett were there and in the name of Sir William Blackett discharged them from riding any further to that point towards the Hardrigg but does not remember their telling them how they should ride. And saith that Mathew Martin then tenant of Owston was present at the riding…, and after they had rode around the greatest part of the ground now in dispute, he heard Mathew Martin say that he would give Esquire Whitfield twenty pounds a year for the ground they had rode about that day that no Whitfield Cattle fed upon.’
Whitfield boundary dispute witness on behalf of Sir Walter Blackett. See PDF of entire series of depositions for background to the case, and letters from Joseph Richmond to Sir Walter Blackett, 22 Nov and 2 Dec 1757 for context to the taking of the depositions. Fairlamb’s evidence would have been seen as very disloyal by the Whitfield tenants, and ‘that no Whitfield Cattle fed upon’ was a rather underhand statement.

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