Witness Depositions – William Robson – 2 Apr 1690

Document Type: Witness Depositions
Date: 2 Apr 1690
Correspondent: William Robson
Archive Source: TNA E 134 2W&M Trin15
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William Robson of Burne Milne in the County of Northumberland Milner ages sixty three yeares or thereabouts Sworne and Examined

1	To the First Interry this Depont saith he knows Sr William Blackett in the pleadings named, and did know St William Blackett Dec[ease]d Father of the said William Blackett, and hath severall times seen the Deft Sr Thomas Tempest

2	To the second Interry saith that he very well knows that there hath beene for these Forty yeares last past to the knowledge of his Depont a high way or passage att all times in the yeares for all the King and Queen's subjects To goe with the horses Carts waines or any other Carriages from the Towne of Hedley, Blackhall, Mickley and other places in the Counties of Northumberland and Durham unto the hamlett of Blaydon Blaydon Staithes [word obscured] in the County palatine of Durham and saith the said high way or passage lyes in and through certain Closes or Grounds called the Bogg als [alias] Blackmire the peth head and the Peth in the said County of Durham and soe <knows  .....> Towne and Blaydon Lead Hills; and from there <co......ed> downe by the water to the Towne of Newcastle; and this Depont knows very well that a great many persons have used the said way for their carrying and leading of lead [word obscured] Commodities; and this Depont hath severall times and often ledd and brought wood Latts and other things by carts and often Carriages along and through the said way and passage in the Grounds aforesaid unto Blaydon [word obscured] there delivered Such wood and other Comodities to Robert Chamber George Stoker, Ralph Stoker and other watermen to be brought and carryed by water from there to Newcastle; and alsoe saith he knows that for these [obscure] last past the said way and passage in and through the said Grounds hath been used for leading and Carrying of Lead from Blackhall and other places in the Countye  of Northumberland

4	To the fourth Interry this Depont saith that he himselfe att severall times hath comed along with the Carriages by and through the said Common high way and passage aforesaid and never was stopt, nor never knew or heard anyOther stopt in their Carriages aforesaid; and saith that neither he this Depont himselfe nor any other person or persons that he knows or ever heard of ever asked to goe the said high way with said Carriages as aforesaid of the said Sr ThomasTempest or any other whom he clames under; Butt such way & passage hath been suffered without any interruption of the said of the said Sr Thomas Tempest or any other <on the behalfe> or by the order of the said Sr Thomas Tempest nor <did> Satisfaction of and for the said way and passage and saith that neither the said Sr Thomas Tempest nor any other  that he knows or ever heard off ever made or demanded any payment or satisfaction for the for the said way and <beleives the>said way hath Frequently beene made use of to the knowledge of the said Sr Thomas Tempest; and this Depont alsoe saith that there hath beene Fower pence P[er] Fother paied for the lying placeing & lying of wood in and near the said Grounds called East and West lead hills to and for the use of the owners & Farmers of the said East and West leadhills, Butt nothing paid for wayleave through the said Grounds in question that this Depont knowes or ever heard of.
Witness on behalf of William Blackett in answer to Blackett's interrogatories. See 2nd April 1690 'Questions to witnesses'  William Blackett, interrogatories,  and notes given there for background to the case.

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The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467