Witness Depositions – John Lumley – 2 Apr 1690

Document Type: Witness Depositions
Date: 2 Apr 1690
Correspondent: John Lumley
Archive Source: TNA E 134 2W&M Trin15
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John Lumley of Mickley in the County of Northumberland yeom aged Thirty Six yeares or thereaboutes Sworne & Examined Deposeth as followeth. 

2 & 4	To the Second and Fowerth Interr[ogator]y's this Depont saith that for about these Tenn yeares last past he has with waines & Carriages used the Com[m]on high way for Leading & carryng of wood Timber & other Goods in along & through the Lands & Grounds of Stella called the Bogg or Blackmire to the Peth head and soe Downe the Peth to the Two Leadhills att Stella & Bladon, and saith that about Fower yeares since coming with his carriage by the East feild gate to the Peth head to goe to the Leadhills, and meeting with the Def[endan]t Sr Thomas the said Def[endan]t to this Depont that he this Depont had not seene the said Def[endan]t, that he this Depont would have gone through the East Feild, and told this Depont the he could not pass with his Carriage Downe the East Feild by reason the Peth was fallen in & soe impassable or to that effect and soe advised him and told him this Depont it was better for him to pay; to which this Depont reply'd that Three Shillings or halfe a Crowne was to much or to that purpose, and that he therefore had brought instruments to rydd the way and make itt passable, whereupon the Def[endan]t Did not hinder him to pass Downe the Peth, nor Did aske him any thing therefore, and about the same Season George Dunn the Def[endan]ts steward came to this Depont and would have Stopt his Carriage p[er]tending he came Downe the East Feild, but perceiveing him to have come Downe the Peth peaceably permitted him to pass to Bladon Hill without interruption. 

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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