Witness Deposition – William Watson – 8 Oct 1686

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 8 Oct 1686
Correspondent: William Watson
Archive Source: TNA E134 2Jas2 Mich 42
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William Watson of Brotherley in the County of Durham yeo[man] aged Fifty Seven years or thereabouts Sworne & Examined saith as followeth

3 To the Second Interrogatory this Depon[en]t saith that he knows most of the Def[enden]tes Groves in this Interrogatory Menconed and saith that he this Depon[en]t in the moneth of September 1680: repaired to the Def[enden]tes Groves in the p[ar]ishe of Stanhop called Lodge feild grove Whitwell Ralph Grove, the Cleugh head grove and then & there Demanded for & on the Behalf of the now Compl[ainan]t of the farme{rs] ta[c]kers min[ers] or workmen of the s[ai]d Def[enden]tes at the s[ai]d groves the Ninth part or Lott of all the Lead Oar due to the s[ai]d Compl[ainan]t for Sixty days. And saith that the s[ai]d takers fam[er]s mine[rs] or workmen refused to pay the s[ai]d Ninth part or Lott of Oar to the s[ai]d Compl[ainan]t or to this Depon[en]t for his use saying they had not orders  for payment thereof from the s[ai]d Def[enden]te or words to that Effect.

                                                                                                                                              William Watson.
Witness on behalf of Bishop Crewe in answer to Crewe's interrogatories. See 8 Oct 1686 'Questions to witnesses' Nathaniel Crewe, interrogatories, and notes given there for background to the case.

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