Witness Depositions – John Thompson – 2 Apr 1690

Document Type: Witness Depositions
Date: 2 Apr 1690
Correspondent: John Thompson
Archive Source: TNA E 134 2W&M Trin15
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John Thompson of Ermynside in the County of Durham yeom Aged fifty three yeares or thereabouts Sworne and Examined Deposeth as followeth 

3:10	To the third and tenth Interr[ogator]y this Depon[en]t Saith that about thirty Six yeares Since this Depont came through the way called the Peth now in question with a Waine Cart or Carriage of Stones to Stella Leadhill And on his returning found that the way through the said Peth was fallen & Shutt in Soe that this Depont with his Carriage Could not Conveiniently passe And thereupon went through a feild called the South feild which was the Defendts fathers where he mett one Willian Raine who was the Defendts fathers Steward who Stopped this Deponts Carriage and threatened to take the Same till satisfaction was made for way leave, this Depont acquainted him that he Could not passe through the said Peth it being fallen in The said William Raine told this Depont That none ought to passe through the said Peth with Carriages without makeing Some acknowledgement to his master, and said if he lived noe Carriage would passe through the said Peth without paying an Acknowledgement of two pence a waine: 

Witness on behalf of Thomas Tempest in answer to Tempest's interrogatories. See 2nd April 1690 'Questions to witnesses'  Thomas Tempest, interrogatories,  and notes given there for background to the case.

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