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This Indenture made the Twentieth day of July in the Seaventh Year of the reigne of our Soveraigne Lord William the third by the grace of God King of England Scotland France and Ireland Defender of the faith e[tcete]r[a] Anno<qz> Dni 1695: Betweene the Rt. Wor[shi]pp[ful]l Thomas Comber D[oc]tor of Divinity Dean & the Chapter of Durham of the Cath[edr]all Church of Christ and blessed Mary the Virgin of the First part And William Ramsay of the Town and County of Newcastle upon Tyne Alderman of the other part Witnesseth that the said Dean & Chapter have Demised granted & to farm letten & by these p[re]sents for them & their Successors Doe Demise grant & to farm lett unto the said William Ramsay his Ex.s Adm.s and Assignes All those their Mines Veines and Rakes of Lead Oare gotten & to be gotten lyeing and being and which may be had sought wrought obtained & wonn within forth of or Under All & every the surfaces grounds Moors commons & Wastes wth.in belonging to or depending on their Manour of Muggleswicke & Stituate lyeing & being within the Severall Parishes of Muggleswicke Edmondbyers & Lanchester within the County of Durham belonging to the Said Dean & Chapter with full power and Liberty to sink winn & work Pitt and Pitts as well for the getting winning & obtaining the said Mines Veines or Rakes of Lead Oare as to make Dammes Groves & Water-Gates for drawing workeing & enjoying thereof, Together with way leave ground leave Baile rooms Lodge rooms and Smelting places for the carrying laying Smelting & disposing of the same Lead Oare, and of all Stones rubbish Gravell & Refuse had wrought or gotten or to be had wrought or gotten in & by the Winning & Workeing of the Said Mines Veines or Rakes of Leade Oare or the said Pitt or Pitts & Groves or any of them in by & through all and every the demised p[re]misses aforesaid (All those their Mynes Veines & Rakes of Lead Oar gotten & to be gotten lyeing & being & which may be had sought wrought obtained & won within forth of or under all & every the lands & grounds of the Sd. Dean & Chapter Sett lyeing & being in Muggleswick Park in the Sd. County of Durham belonging to the <house> of the Sixth P[re]bend of the Said Cathedral Church of Durham & now demised by the said Dean & Chapter to William Sanderson of <Forcett> in the County of York Gent alwayes excepted & reserved) To have and to hold all & every the said Mynes Veines & Rakes of Lead Oare & other the demised p[re]misses with the app[ur]tenancies (Except before Excepted) unto the Said William Ramsay his Exe.s Adm.s & Assignes from the makeing & Sealing of this p[re]sent Lease Ind[entu]re or Grant unto the full end & terme and during all the whole term of Twenty & One Yeares henceforth next & immediately following fully to be compleat ended & runn Yeilding & paying therefore Yearly during the said term unto the said Dean & Chapter & their Successors or Assignes One full Tenth part of all Such Lead Ore as shall be had won & gotten within forth and out of the sayd Grounds & p[re]misses or any part or parcell thereof And the said William Ramsay for him his Ex.s Adm.s Doth hereby covenant grant & agree to & with the said Dean & Chapter & their Successors that he the Sd. William Ramsay his Ex.s Adm.s & Assignes Shall & will Yeild & pay, unto the Said Dean & Chapter & their Successors Yearly & every Year during the Sd. term the Sd. Full Tenth part of all such Lead Ore as Shall be had wonn & gotten within the aforesaid Demised p[re]misses provided alwayes & upon conditon & it is alsoe covenanted concluded & agreed between the said parties; That if the Said William Ramsay his Ex.s Adm.s & Assignes or some of them Doe not within the space of Six months next ensueing the Date hereof Sett on Work Men to digg & within the Said Lead Mynes & Lead Oare to the end & purpose the same may effectually be won & made a good workeing & well goeing Lead Myne that then this p[re]sent Lease Shall cease determine & be utterly voyed And the Said William Ramsay doth hereby further for him his Ex.s Adm.s and assignes covenant grant & agree to & with the Sd. Dean & Chapter & their Successors That he the Sd. William Ramsay his Ex.s Adm.s & Assignes shall from time to time & at all times hereafter during the Sd. terme make Sufficient amends & recompense to the Severall Tenants or Farmers of any of the Sd. grounds or demised p[re]misses for any Spoile that shall hereafter happen to be done by the Said William Ramsay his Ex.s Adm.s & Assignes in any of their grounds by reason of any Such Works or Wayes Grove & Groves pitt or pitts or in dryveing or carrying through their meadows or Pastures or any thing happening thereby as Shall be thought good & fitting by the said Dean & Chapter their Successors or Officers – And the Said Dean & Chapter for themselves & their Successors doe covenant & grant to & wth. The said William Ramsay his Ex.s Adm.s & Assignes that it shall & may be Lawfull to & for the said William Ramsay his Ex.s Adm.s and Assignes to have take & receive to their own proper Use & Uses the said Tenth part of the said Lead Oar reserved to the Sd. Dean & Chapter & their Successors aforesaid soe that the said William Ramsay Doe pay or cause to be payd unto the Sd. Dean & Chapter & their Successors the Sume of Twenty Shillings of Lawfull English money for every Bing Load of Lead Oare being according to the usuall rate & price given for Lead Ore And the said William Ramsay for him his Ex.s Adm.s & Assignes Doth covenant grant & agree to & with the Sd. Dean & Chapter & their Successors; That he his Ex.s Adm.s & Assignes Shall & will Yearly & every Year during the said term or other-wise Soe often as they shall be thereunto required by the said Dean & Chapter their Successors or Officers make a fare & full Account to the said Dean & Chapter & their Successors or Officers of all Such Lead & Lead Oare as shall be gotten won or wrought out of any of the said demised p[re]misses; And the said Account to be made in Such a manner or method as the said Dean & Chapter their Successors or Officers Shall from time to time Judge most Convenient for both parties upon paine of forfeiture of this p[re]sent Lease – And if it fortune the said Yearly rent of Twenty Shillings for every Bing Load of Leade Oare that shall be due as aforesaid to be behind & unpayed in any of the Sd. Yeares by the Space of Twenty days after any Account soe to be made as aforesaid That then this p[re]sent Lease & Interest hereby granted to cease & be utterly voyed provided alwayes & upon condicon; That the said William Ramsay his Ex.s Adm.s & Assignes shall not at any time during the Sd. term alyen bargaine Sell assigne or Sett over his or their Interest or terme of Yeares nor any part thereof to any p[er]son or p[er]sons without the Speciall Lycence & consent of the Sd. Dean & Chapter & their Successors first thereunto had & obtained & upon paine of forfeiture of this p[re]sent Lease - And for prformance of all & Singular the p[re]misses on the part & behalfe of the sd. William Ramsay his Ex.s Adm.s & Assignes well & truly to be observed & kept as well the Sd. William Ramsay as <xxxx> Doe bind Us & every of Us o[ur] Ex.s Adm.s & Assignes unto the said Dean & Chapter & their Successors in the Sume of One Thousand pounds of good & lawfull money of England by our Deed Obligatory bearing the Date hereof; And if it fortune the Said Suerties or either of them to depart this life & Dye before the end & term of the said Yeares; That then the said Wm Ramsay his Ex.s Adm.s & Assignes within One month next following the Death of the Said Suerties or either of them or within One month next after he or they shall be thereunto required by the Said Dean & Chapter their Successors or Officers shall bring in One or two new Sufficient Suertie or Suerties as need Shall require dwelling wthin the Said County of Durham wch Shall Stand bound with them unto the said Dean & Chapter & their Successors in Such a like new Obligaton as the above named Suerties are bound in for pformance of the p[re]misses on the part & behalfe of the Said William Ramsay his Ex.s Adm.s & Assignes & Soe Shall Doe from time to time Soe often as need Shall require during the Sd. term of Years upon paine of forfeiture of this p[re]sent Lease In Witnesse whereof to the One part of these Ind[entu]res remaining with the Sd. William Ramsay or his Assignes the Said Dean & Chapter have putt have putt their their Chapter Seale; And to the other part thereof remaining with the Sd. Dean & Chapter as well the said William Ramsay as the abovenamed Seales the day & Year first above written
Piece reference TWA/ 3415/CA/19/23. On the cover leaf of the folded parchment is written: ‘20: July 1695 Mr Ramsay Lead Mynes in Muggleswicke’. The lease excludes the mines and veins under Muggleswick Park which have been previously let to William Sanderson of Forcett.