Witness Deposition – Thomas White – 22 Apr 1667

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 22 Apr 1667
Correspondent: Thomas White
Archive Source: TNA E134 19Chas2 East33
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Thomas White of Stanhop in Weredale in the County of Durham yeom[an] aged fourty six years or thereabout sworn & examined saith as followeth 

1.To the first Interr[ogatory] this depon[en]t saith that he knoweth both the Compl[ainan]ts & all the defend[an]ts except John Horton John Boulton Thomas Ritson and Thomas Burges. And saith he knoweth the parish of <..> known the same for three years and an half last past.

3.4.5.To the third fourth & fifth Interrogatories this depon[en]t saith that he knoweth not the auncient custome of tything lead Oare within the said Parish but saith that since Lammas day last he <……..> Doctor Basire & Rector of Stanhop at the Grove called Ewetree hath received three severall times tyth lead Oare in kind sett a full tenth part of all the Lead Oare there gotten in clean dressed <…………………..> any deduction or substraction of any thing out of the said tythe for the digging getting or working thereos or for anything else.

7.To the 7th Interr[ogatory] this depon[en]t saith that Launcelot Chapman told this depon[en]t that Mr Deacon Agent for Mr Wharton who was lessee to Doctor Basire had received at Shrovetide gon & <t………> of clean dressed Lead Oare of him the said Launcelot Chapman & his p[ar]tners at Ewetree and that out of the same the said Mr Deacon tooke off foure bing loads sett two bing <lo……..> a tyth and also received the like quantity of twenty bing loads of Oare at the Easter after and likewise tooke off foure bing loads thereof for lot & tyth & that he the said Launc<elot  ……> noe allowance at all out of the said lot or tyth either for charges or by charges or anything else.

8.To the 8th interr[ogatory] this depon[en]t saith that he knoweth that a lease of of the tythe of lead Oare within the said Rectory was made by the Compl[ainan]t Isaac Basire unto the <………………> and saith that the writing now produced unto him at the time of his examination bearing date the first day of August in the eighteenth yeare of the reigne of Charles <….>

& subsigned Will[iam] Blackett as a Counterp[ar]t of the same lease And further saith that he this depon[en]t was present at the signeing sealing and delivery of the said <….> and did subscribe his name as a witness unto both as now it is to the s[ai]d Counterp[ar]t And for the matters & things therein contained referrreth himselfe thereunto

9.To the nineth interrogatory this depon[en]t saith that he knoweth that severall of the defend[an]ts are Owners or Occupyers of severall Groves or lead mynes within the <……………………> Owner of Howsike and Langwell Thomas Allsoppe and Will[ia]m Deacon Owners in p[ar]t of Elmeford. W[illia]m Deacon owner of part of severall other Groves with p[art]ners John <….> John Pilkington p[ar]t owner at Allercleugh Cuthbert Emerson John Nattress George Watson and Cuthbert Watson <in> Owners at Toadstone George Whitfeild reputed owner<…>

Myres George Myres Godfrey Didsbury & John Evans owners of  Ryspymyres Edward Stout p[ar]t owner at the South end of South Grain Henry Dagge Arthur Myres George <……………> of Greencleugh And saith that since the first day of August one thousand six hundred sixity six all the aforesaid lead Mynes have bene wrought at & lead Oare gotten at <…………> the severall quantities of oare gotten at any of the said Groves he doth not know nor what the value thereof is.

10.To the tenth exam[ination] with Interr[ogatory] this Deponent saith that [about eight short words deleted] to his knowledge Humphrey Wharton did farme all the tyth Oare (the freeholds only ex <…...> of Doctor Basire for two years last past ended at Lammas last, for the first yeare whereof the said Doctor Basire did receive of the said  Mr Wharton two hundred & ten pounds <……..> hundred and sixty pounds & further to this Interrogatory can[n]ot depose.

11.To the eleventh Interr[ogatory] this depon[en]t saith that he hath seen a page or writeing bearing date the first day of June last purporting a tack of Allercleugh Grove <….…> Humphrey Wharton unto Mr John Pilkington Toby Trotter & others, subscribed Humphrey Wharton with a seale thereunto affixed & the names Mathew <Smith & ……..> as witnesses thereunto in which said writeing or Tack were men[ti]oned severall articles & covenants & p[ar]ticularly by the second Article thereof the said John Pilkington <……..> covenant with the said Humphrey Wharton to pay unto the said Humphrey Wharton as Moorem[aster] & to his Successors the lot & tyth vizt the nineth & tenth p[ar]t of all the Oare <……> grove in clean washed & well dressed Oare or use And also saith that he hath seen another writing dated the eighteenth of September one thousand six hundred sixty <………> made from the said Mr Wharton unto Thomas Alsoppe Will[ia]m Deacon & others And also another printed paper purporting a Tacke of a Grove called Stouphead <men[ti]oned ….> Wharton unto James Vickers Thomas Vickers & others in both which last men[ti]oned papers were the like covenants for paym[en]t of lot & tyth to be paid to the said <Humphrey ……> & further deposeth not.

12.To the twelfth interr[ogatory] this dep[onen]t saith that he knoweth that about Lammas was a twelve month a grove called Ryspymyres was opened & wrought & great quantities <…………..>

Godfrey Didsbury & others & also another Grove opened the last yeare at South Graine by Edward Stout Thomas Burges & others, out of which they got Oare but <the……………> doth not know.

13.To the last interr[ogatory] this depon[en]t saith that he knoweth all the p[ar]ties in this interrogatory named except Cuthbert Peart And also saith that he heard Ralph Harrison <…>

and confess that he [about two words deleted] is a partner at Barkerburnmey and hath an interest therein but what profit or benefit he hath thereby he this depon[en]t knoweth not <……> partners had a Tack of Stoophead but hath not wrought the same since he got his said Tack & further to this Interrogatory can[n]ot depose.

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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