Witness Deposition – George Fetherston – 8 Oct 1686

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 8 Oct 1686
Correspondent: George Fetherston
Archive Source: TNA E134 2Jas2 Mich 42
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George Fetherston of Rookhop in the County of Durham Schoolmaster aged Thirty Three years or hereunto Sworne & Examined Saith

To the second Interrogatory this Depon[en]t saith that he knows of sev[e[ral  Mynes & Groves belonging to the Def[endan]te att Stanhopp & Wolsingham in this Interrogatory menconed but not by theire p[ar]ticuler names & saith he hath heard the same were granted by the Bpp[Bishop] of Durham to the Def[endan]te by Lease for lives And hath <likewise> heard that the Sd Lord Bpp reserved A ninth p[ar]t or Lott of all the Lead Oare that should be got or wrought forth of the said mines theare to himselfe without deducton of any charges w[ha]tsoever for working the same And this deponent saith that he this depon[en]t the Fourteenth of May 1680: for and on the behalfe of the Compl[ainan]t made a Demand  of the ninth part or Lott of Lead Oar that was due & <overdue> to the Compl[ainan]t or payable from the Fourteenth afores[ai]d at the of May 1680 till the Eight & twentieth of November 1681: And saith that he demanded the same as afores[ai]d at the Def[en]d[an]ts said all Groves called, Lodgefeild grove the Rakes & the Cleugh head, of the ta[c]kers Miners farmers or Workingmen.of the s[ai]d groves And the said Miners or Workmen refused to pay the s[ai]d ninth part or Lott And said they had not <orders> for payment of any save to the Def[endan]te And that they would pay none to any saveing to him the Said Def[endan]te or to that Effect.

								Geo: Fetherston
Witness on behalf of Bishop Crewe in answer to Crewe's interrogatories. See 8 Oct 1686 'Questions to witnesses' Nathaniel Crewe, interrogatories, and notes given there for background to the case.

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