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these presents, during their natural lives; unless in the meantime any of them, for a reasonable cause or causes in manner and form hereinafter to be set forth, should be removed and deposed from that office by the mayor for the time being and six aldermen of the borough aforesaid.
We also assign, nominate, and appoint by these presents,
JOHN RICHARDSON, Esquike, to be the first and mod ernlHtcortier of the borough aforesaid; to abide and continue in the said office of recorder of the borough aforesaid, till the Monday next after the feast of St. Michael the Archangel next ensuing; and from the said Monday, until some other person shall be duly elected to the office of recorder of the aforesaid borough.
We also assign, nominate, and appoint, for us and our successors, our beloved
WILLIAM BELASYSE, Knight,
* William Wycliffe, of Offerton, wa3 the sun of John Wycliffe, of the same place, by Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Whitehead, of Monkweanuouth: he married April 21st, 1604, Isabel, daughter of Peroival Gunson, or Gunstonc, of Cockermouth, and widow of Robert Ayton, of West llerrington, by whom he had a son, Henry Wycliffe, and four daughters- Mary, Elizabeth, Alice, and Frances—Surtcct. EDWARD LEE*
» Edward Leo was the eldest son of Edward I.ee, of Monkwearmouth Hall, by Mary, daughter of Peter Delaval, of Tynemouth, gentleman. He is described as of Clyborne Hall, Westmoreland, in 1664, then aged 50; and of Glanford Bridge. Lincolnshire, in 1670, about which time he sold several parcels of land in Sunderland, since called Lee's Close and Chapel Close, to the family of Robinson, of Middle Herrington.—Surteca. St. John's Chapel, Moorgate Street, Chapel Street, part of Barrack Street, &c, &c, and the field adjoining, known as the Pottery-field, occupy these closes. Within our recollection, and until the year 1827, the ground now occupied by Moorgate Street and the Pottery-field, was named the Close. In addition to the property above mentioned, Edward Lee was seized in fee of several wastes, houses, and a bollast quay, at the east end of Sunderland, part of which he granted in fee, and leased a part for 999 years, to Richard Bateman, and another part to Adam Nicholson. Batcnian died in 1672, leaving a daughter named A vice, to whum he assigned his leasehold property; who with her husband, William Mason, on 28th June, 1672, mortgaged the same to Ralph Clerk, who on 16tli December, 31 Charles II., 1679, assigned his interest therein to Sir John Duck, by whom it was conveyed in August, 1685, to.Adam Nicholson. The latter gentleman built a blacksmith's shop adjoining to or on part of the ground he purchased of Sir John Duck, which became the subject of litigation in 1699-1701, in the Court of Chancery, at Durham, in a cause William Mason and his wife v. Adam Nicholson, wherein the ground in question is described as being "anciently a waste or void piece of ground in Sunderland, on which or most of which an house was built by Richard Batcnian (which however according to the defendant's proofs was only a dawbed buildinj; and fell down after Butcman's death and before Clerk entered on the mortgage) and boundered with part of Palmer's Garth on the south, on the Low Street on the north, on Phillis Nicholson's waste on the west, and on Portas's house on the east." The plaintiffs, in support of their title to the leasehold premises, say—" It appears by a lease, dated 21st March, 1647, made of the mortgaged ground from Lee to Batcman, that it extended east and west 6 yards, and boundered on a cottage then of Antho. Oncsuik (and late of Robert Portas) on the east, and extended north and south 11 yards, and on John Nicholson's Ballast Key on tho north, and on a parcel of ground of Edward Lee on the south." On the 5th Oct., 1667, Lee made another lease to Batcman and his wife, wherein it was extended as before, and "boundered on a new built house of Robert Portas on the cast, on the defendant's parcel of ground on the west, and on Bateman's ground on the south, and the passage to ihe Low Ferry Boat landing on the north." With respect to their freehold the plaintiffs say—"That Lee being seized in fee as aforesaid, leased (15 Feb.1638) to the said Bateman, for 21 years, a parcel of waste ground at the cast end of Sunderland, in a close or garth on the backside of a tenement then of the said Lee in the tenure and occupation of Henry Palmer, which parcel of ground was 14 yards cast and west, and 10 yards from the blink of the Wear." "That Lee within that term (viz. 10 Oct. 1654), granted to Bateman, by feoffment executed with livery, a piece or parcel of ground or banksidc at the cast end of Sunderland, boundered on a house then of William Ilixon, mariner, on the west, on the said Bateman's tenements and WILLIAM FREEMAN,
a great stone on the east, a front stead or waste ground of Phillis Nicholson on the north, and on the said Lee's and William Hixon's parcels of the said Palmer's garth on the south, as it was then boundered, staked and set out. Which last mentioned waste ground being granted within the term above is supposed to be the same ground that was leased to Bateman." Several witnesses were examined including Nicholas Haddock, Wm. Hardcastle, Eobt. Hardcastle, Phineas Fitzrandolph, Matthew Brewster, Richard Arnet, Edward Lisle, and Mary Harrison, some of whom deposed "that there was a passage 3 or i feet wide between Bateman's houses and Nicholson's waste, which led to Bateman's freehold, and which Nicholson built over and stopped up: and that the latter gentleman never had any grounds but what his houses stand on now, on the west side of Bateman's passage." To this Nicholson objected, alleging "that Bateman's houses fell long since, and between them and the street was a waste of i yards, where the said shop is built, and that was the defendant's and never Bateman's. And that the mortgaged premises contain all the plaintiffs' ground, which begins from the back of the smith's shop and goes southwaid 11 yards, and from east to west 9 yards, and that in a deed 50 years since from Lee to Watt [probably Mr. Councillor Wm. Watt above-named] under whom the defendant claims, it is granted from east to west 60 yards, and 28 yards from north to south of the key lying northward of the leasehold, which measuring from the key southward 28 yards, takes in the shop in question," To which the plaintiffs answered--1. "That the measure differs from what our witnesses swear. And as to Watt's deed there is an exception of the premises in Bateman's possession. And the measuring is unfair, because the 28 yards ought by the deed to be computed from the low water mark, which when the tide is out is a great way northward of the New Key, and not from the Key. 2. That bounder is of Bateman's freehold, and not of the leasehold." Several witnesses wero examined on behalf of the defendant, including Robert Barwick, Edw. Bell, Wm. Dent, Wm. Chambers, and John Reed, who deposed " that the ground he built the smith's shop on was a waste he laid timber on, which was 27 yards and a foot from the edge of the defendant's key to the back wall of the smith's shop. That the ground, at Bateman's death, boundered on Robt. Portas's on the east, Mary Sedgewick's ground on the west, the waste the smith's shop is built on on the north. And that part of the riggingtree in one of the old houses that was Bateman's is on Portas's house side some small distance from the smith's shop." Wm. Bambrough, mason, deposed "that Bateman's ground is 11 yards from north to south (besides the shop), and yards from east to west besides Sedgewick's ground. That it is 13 years since the shop was built, and the plaintiffs did not disturb him." On behalf of Nicholson it was urged that the shop was built on ground "adjoining to the mortgaged ground, and the way to it is only built over and stopped by a door at one end which door is offered to be removed upon redemption. And further, that before the building of the shop, and abjo long before the defendant had the mortgage, he the said defendant and his ancestors were owners and possessed of the ground where the shop stands, some say for 56 years and others for 30 years, and used it as a Timber Yard." The result of the suit is not stated.—GowlancPs MSS.
WILLIAM CALDWELL *
* Deputy water bailiff of Sunderland in 1628—see p. 330.
t During the eventful period of the civil wars, Mr. Husband seems to have embraced the parliamentary side, as appears by the following extracts from the Sequestrators' Books quoted by Mr. Surtees :—
"xxi Aug. 1644. A warrant to John Husband, of Sunderland, Gent, to demise, lett, collect, and gather the gleeb, tytb.es, rents, and averages within the parish uf Egsclife [EgglcsclifFe], late belonging to Dr. Basier, and to seize all the estates, chattels, &c. of the said Dr. Basier, for the use of theOom'ouwcalth; and wee require George Featherston, Gent., and Marke Hall, to be aiding and assisting therein.— History of Durham, iii. 201.
"21 Aug. 1654. Letten to Marko Hall, of Fishgarth, the said house and grounds called Fishgarth, and the tytho of the same, for £5. 10s. payable monthly. A warrant to John Husband, Gent., George Featherston, &c, to sequester the estates of Laurence Sayer, of Tarum, Esq., John Errington of Elton, Esq., John Errington, jun. Esq., Sir Francis Bowes, Knight, and Michael Pemmerton, of Aislaby, Gent, within the parishes of Egsclife, Norton, and Elton. Ibid.
"6 Fehr. 1644. Letten to John Husband, Gent., all the lands in Stillington, late belonging to Captaine Richard Hartburne, deceased, allowing to the widow her pru • portion."—litrfp. 73.
In 1647, John Husband, George Lilburnc, George Grey, Thomas Sanders, and Samuel Leigh were, amongst others, appointed Surveyors by commission from tie honourable committee of Trustees for the disposal and sale of the lato Bishops' lands within the kingdom of England and dominion of Wales.—Surtccs, ii. 107
X Robert Collingwood, of Hetton-on-thc-Hill, was the fourth son of Sir CuthVrt Collingwood, of Dalden and Great Eppleton, Knight, by his wife Dorothy, daughter and co-heiress of Sir George Bowes, of Dalden Knight. He married Bridget.
daughter of Whitgift, nephew of Archbishop Whitgift, by whom he had a
son, William Collingwood, of Hetton-on-thc-Hill, gent., living in 1663.—Sttrtea.
WILLIAM THOMPSON *
• On Aug. 13, 1651, Edward Lee and Mary his wife, by indenture executed with livery, demised, granted, bargained, sold, assigned and set over to Wm. Thompson and Jane hia wife, their heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, one parcel of ground with the appurtenances, containing in length 6 yards, and in breadth 11 yards, situate in Sundcrland-near-the-Sea. On 24 Sep. 30 Charles II., 1678, Wm. Thompson and Jane his wife, by indenture of feoffment executed with livery, in consideration of weal, love and affection to Thomas Bell and Jane his wife (the said Jane being their daughter), did give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, enfeoff, and confirm to them and their heirs, all that their westernmost moiety or half cf their backside, yard, or parcel of ground, adjacent on the south side of their now dwelling house, containing in length north and south 11 yards, and in breadth 6 yards, the half moiety being 3 yards or thereabouts. And also all that chamber above the fore room of their then dwelling house. Wm. Thompson died in 168-, and Jane his wife survived him. Feb. 11, 1688, Jane Thompson (Wm. Thompson's widow), by indenture of feoffment executed with livery, in consideration of the promise made by Wm. in his lifetime, and her the said Jane, upon the marriage of the said Thos. Bell and Jane his w ife, and of twenty shillings in hand paid, did give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, enfeoff, release and confirm unto the said Thos. Bell and Jane his wife, and their heirs, all that house or tenement with a garth or piece of ground to the south side thereof adjoining, containing in length north and south 11 yards, and in breadth cast and west 6 yards. Wm. Thompson left a son John, who on 1 April, 4 Wm. and Mary, 1692, leased the said premises for 5 years to Edward Donkin who brought an action of ejectment against the said Thomas Bell and Jane his wife. The result of the suit is not stated.—Gowland'a MSS.
+ See p. 123. "Eve, daughter of Adam Burdon, of Old Burdon, bapt. 1653-4. Thomas, son of Thomas Burdon, of Burdon, bapt. 28 August, 1603."—liishopwearMouth Reg. The last descendants of this family were Quakers. Their lands in East Burdon are now by purchase the property of John Gregson, of Durham, Esq., —Surtecf. Bobert Burdon Cay, Esq, Solicitor, mayor of Sunderland in 1843-4, is understood to be descended from the family of Burdon above-named.