Witness Deposition – Thomas Greensword – 22 Apr 1667

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 22 Apr 1667
Correspondent: Thomas Greensword
Archive Source: TNA E134 19Chas2 East33
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Thomas Greensword, of Stanhop in Weredale in the County of Durham yeom[an] aged seventy five Years or thereabout sworn & Examined saith as followeth.

1. To the First Interrogatory this depon[en]t saith that he knoweth the Compl[ainan]ts in this suit & alsoe knoweth Humphrey Wharton & the rest of the defend[an]ts < excepting Edward?> Stout & Thomas Burges & hath known the Compl[ainan]t Doctor Basire Five years & upwards & the Compl[ainan]t William Blackett twenty years & the Defend[an]ts <..> past & knoweth alsoe the Rectory and Parish of Stanhop in this Interrogatory named and saith that he was born & lived therein from the time of <his birth>

2. To the second Interrogatory this depon[en]t saith that he knoweth & hath known severall lead Mynes within the said P[ar]ish to wit  Ewetree & Todfeild Rake & alsoe knoweth Harnashaw Grove in which he this depon[en]t wrought for one Mr Nicholson, And alsoe knoweth another lead Myne within the said p[ar]ish namely <Rake> Grove And saith that he hath known lead Oare gotten in each of the said Groves that is to say in the Groves where he wrought for himself & for Mr Nicholson twenty years & upwards and att Harnashaw grove thirty years agoe & upwards.

3. To the third Interrogatory this depon[en]t saith that he doth know a certain custome within the said p[ar]ish & tythable places thereof that the Parson of Stanhop had or might have tyth of all lead Oare gotten within the said p[ar]ish & the Rector his due  for thirty years last past And saith that he verily beleiveth that <Custome .sayeth>  (the freehoulds onely excepted) for that he hath heard his Father (who was an Hundrede & eight years old) often say that the Custome was such aforesaid <…> though

4. To the Fourth Interrogatory this depon[en]t saith that soe <sure> as a quantity of Oare was gotten & well washed & dressed the Grovers did usually send to the Parson just then paid the tyth thereof unto the Parson in dressed & washed Oare out of the whole heap att the Groves and times where & when he this depon[en]t was a workman, & saith <…> that the like custome was through the whole p[ar]ish, the Freehoults excepted.

5. To the Fifth Interrogatory this depon[en]t saith that <never knew> of any subtractions of any charges out of the tythes of lead save for diggeing or getting thereof or other <…..   .…> of the Parson within the said p[ar]ish and saith when he was a workman there was noe allowance att all whilst he was workman there <..> they themselves would have fought for it.

6. To the Sixth Interrogatory he is not required to be examined.

7. To the seventh Interrogatory this depon[en]t saith that he cannot depose.

8.9. To the eighth & ninth Interrogatories he is not required to be examined.

10.11.12. To the tenth Eleventh Twelfth Interrogatories he cannot depose.

13. To the thirteenth Interrogatory this depon[en]t saith that he hath heard that there used to be quarterly meetings att the Chappell in Weredale for br[ing]ing & ju<dg>ing of accompts unto the Moormaster and Parson of all lead Oare gotten by the said Grovers but saith he was never p[re]sent att any such meetings.
Witness on behalf of Isaac Basire in answer to Basire's interrogatories. See 22 Apr 1667 'Questions to witnesses' Isaac Basire, and notes given there for background to the case.

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