Deposition – Richard Wallace – 28 Nov 1757

Document Type: Deposition
Date: 28 Nov 1757
Correspondent: Richard Wallace
Archive Source: NRO 324/W1/28
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Richard Wallace of Slaggyford in Knarsdale manor, 68, mason, had heard that three manors joined at Long Cross, had seen peats newly cast on each side of the Alston Road east of the Sandyford. He said ‘there was a peat way from the place where the peats were cast leading to Grislee Raw. Never heard that Mr Whitfield claimed the ground in dispute till after Mohope Groove was got’. When his master’s cattle strayed from Kirkhaugh Common, which they often did, his master would tell him which manor they had strayed into, and said that animals north of Long Cross were in Whitfield Liberty, and east and southeast of Long Cross were in Allendale Liberty.
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.

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