Deposition – Robert Armstrong – 28 Nov 1757

Document Type: Deposition
Date: 28 Nov 1757
Correspondent: Robert Armstrong
Archive Source: NRO 324/W1/28
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Robert Armstrong of the Herbert Law, Alston, gentleman, 70, said in 1732 he rode the boundary with Sir Walter Blackett (Hardrigg-Long Cross- Blue Snab – Standing Stone in Millstone Bottom- etc)…At the time he lived in Coalcleugh in Allendale and was steward to Sir Walter Blackett there and had been employed as a steward by the Blackett family since 1717.. He said that at the corner of the new Millstones enclosure made by Mr Whitfield, his brother John Armstrong and others pulled down the fence….. Said that he and his brother met Mr Whitfield and his company at the Long Cross and told him that if he rode to the South or Southeast he would ride into the Manor of Hexham and discharged him from doing so. Notwithstanding which, the said Mr Whitfield rode from the Long Cross to the Hardrigg Currock. 
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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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