Witness Deposition – Robert Hall – 22 Apr 1667

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 22 Apr 1667
Correspondent: Robert Hall
Archive Source: TNA E134 19Chas2 East33
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Robert Hall of Stanhope in Weredale in the County of Durham yeom[an] aged Eighty five years or thereabout Sworn and Examined Saith as Followeth.

1  To the First Interr[ogatory] this Depon[en]t saith that he knoweth the Compl[ainan]ts and all the Defend[an]ts  in this suit saveing John Boulton Edward Stout & Thomas Burges <...................

.........> time & some of them but of late And saith that he alsoe knoweth the Parish of Stanhop in this Interr[ogatory] named & the p[re]cincts thereof & hath soe known <........... for ....> years & upward.

2  To the second Interr[ogatory] this Depon[en]t saith that he doth know severall lead mynes within the said parish namely Allerclugh Ewetree Harnashaw Barkerburne <...............> lead Oare hath been att times gotten & wrought about twenty years agoe to this Depon[en]ts knowledge.

3. To the third Interr[ogatory] this Depon[en]t saith that he doth know that there is & hath been an ancient custome within the said Rectory for the payment of tyth lead oare <……..> tenth p[ar]t unto the Parson of Stanhop in this Interr[ogatory] named to wit att all the places above named in his depos[it]ion to the second Interr[ogatory] & beleiveth the like custome is & <.....> the whole p[ar]ish (the Freehoulds excepted) & saith that he hath known tyth lead oare namely a tenth p[ar]t paid in kinde unto the Parson aforesaid  <..... ...... .............> lyeth within the Coppyhold lands.

4. To the Fourth Interr[ogatory] this Depon[en]t saith that the Myners or Grovers did not use to pay their said tythes to the Parson nor <tythes.... ...... ......> or their Agents <......... ....> accompted  att quarterly meetings att the Chappell in Weredale & then after such accompts the said Grovers did pay there tythes unto the Parson or his Agents <....... 

....> Oare.

5. To the fifth Inter[ogatory] this Depon[en]t saith that he never knew of any deduc[ti]on or subtrac[ti]on out of the said tyth oare <of any kinde .. unto> the Parson or his Agents <for the digging ...... or working> of the said Oare or for <ropes candles work tooles wages>  or any thing else, And verily beleiveth that there never were any allowances at all given in respect of <..................> this depon[en]t hath bene oftentimes p[re]sent at the giving and <takeing> of accompts as aforesaid and never heard <......> or demand of allowances. 

6. To the sixth Interr[ogatory] he is not required to be examined. 

7. To the seventh Interrogatory this Depon[en]t saith that he hath heard it reported that Mr Wharton <or Ld B[isho]p> hath received tyth lead <within  ...... .......... further> to this Interr[ogatory] he cannot depose. 

8. 9. 10. 11 To the eighth ninth tenth & eleaventh [Interrogatories] he is not required to be examined.

12. To the 12th Interr[ogatory] he cannot depose. 

13. To the thirteenth Interrogatory 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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