Deposition – Mary Pattison – 28 Nov 1757

Document Type: Deposition
Date: 28 Nov 1757
Correspondent: Mary Pattison
Archive Source: NRO 324/W1/28
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Mary Pattison, 59, widow, was born in Allendale but lived from the age of 16 with her father at the Millstones Tenement. She said that some Allendale tenants got peat near Knights Cleugh, but only she believed with the permission of Squire Whitfield. Peat which was cast without permission was set on fire by a servant of Squire Whitfield, and she remembered seeing it burn for several days. Squire Whitfield would not refuse permission if asked to cast peats or to take ling for thatching. She used to drive off the animals of Allendale tenants, who saw her doing it, but never complained about her doing so.
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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The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467