Deposition – Henry French – 28 Nov 1757

Document Type: Deposition
Date: 28 Nov 1757
Correspondent: Henry French
Archive Source: NRO 324/W1/28
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Henry French, 60 and upwards, carpenter, of Planetree House, Whitfield. He said that there had been no dispute about Hareshaws, Thackshaws and Millstones Fell being in Whitfield Liberty, ‘until sometime after a rich groove or lead mine was discovered in the Manor of Hexham at a place called Grisslee Raw and then he heard that Mr Blackett now Sir Walter Blackett claimed the said ground called Hareshaws, Thackshaws and Millstone Fell to be parcel of and lie within the Manor of Hexham.’….. Re Millstone enclosure in 1716/17:  no part was enclosed, but some years after it was and ‘he hath several times served upon the jury at the Courts held for the Manor of Whitfield when the Whitfield Tenants endeavoured to prevail upon the jury to present the said Smith for hounding and driving off their cattle from the Millstone Bottom…but they could not, it appearing that [Smith] had leave given him by his Landlord Mr Whitfield so to do …. And to the best of his remembrance,  the said inclosure was made two or three years before Sir Walter Blackett first rode his boundary.’
Whitfield boundary dispute witness on behalf of William Ord, owner of the Manor of Whitfield. 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.

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