Witness Deposition – Thomas Robson – 22 Apr 1667

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 22 Apr 1667
Correspondent: Thomas Robson
Archive Source: TNA E134 19Chas2 East33
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Thomas Robson of Stanhop in Weredale in the County of Durham yeom[an] aged sixty six yeares or thereabout Sworn and examined Saith as followeth.

1. To the first Interr[ogatory] this depon[en]t saith that he knoweth both the Compl[ainan]ts & also knoweth Humphrey Wharton Thomas Alsoppe William Deacon William Fetherston John Rutter John Harrison John Pilkington <.............> George Whitfeild Henry Ragge Arthur Myres George Myres Godfrey Didsbury John Evans & Thomas Ritson but the rest of the defend[an]ts he knoweth not And also saith that he knoweth the parish of Stanhop <................> named & the tithable places thereof.

2. To the 2nd Interr[ogatory] this depon[en]t saith that he knoweth divers lead mynes within the said p[ar]ish namely Harnashaw, Ewetree, Howsike & another the name whereof he hath forgotten, out of which he hath <.............> yeares since & some of later times & at one but about six yeares since. 

3. To the 3rd Interr[ogatory] this depon[en]t saith that he being servant to Mr Moorecroft from the time that he this depon[en]t was sixteen yeares of age untill the time of his Masters death did ever heare <that ...........> a custome for the paym[en]t of tyth Oare to the Parson of Stanhop and never heard that it was denyed till of late And further saith that his said Master imployed one Sir George Hall his Curate & after <.............> him Mr Draycote who was his Curate at the Chappell in Weredale to take accompts at foure quarterly meetings there in the yeare for the tyth Oare due to the Parson And further saith that he this <...........> knowledge <of any> tyth lead Oare taken in kind except two bing loads but only moneys in lieu thereof. 

4. To the fourth Interrogatory he can[n]ot further depose than what he hath p[re]deposed.

5. To the fifth Interrogatory this depon[en]t saith that he doth not know of any deduc[ti]on out of the tyths for working thereof or otherwise but saith he doth not know of his owne knowledge whether there were <..........> beleiveth that there were no deduc[ti]ons at all, for that he was constantly imployed in most of his said Masters occasions dureing the time of his Service and never during that time did heare or know <of ...........> not.

To the rest he is not required to be examined.
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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