The Deposition of Richard Gibson

This deposition is of great interest to researchers of the Scaleby Hall and Brightonflat Grahams. It was discovered by Christine Gill among the Deeds of Scaleby Hall (DX36/1, available at Carlisle Record Office). Richard Graham (1709-1779) married Elleneor (Ellen) Gibson (1710-1799) on the 19th February, 1739. Ellen "was the sister of this deponents Father, Joseph Gibson".

Richard Gibson of Halfway House, in the Parish of Scaleby, in the County of Cumberland Yeoman maketh oath and saith that he is of the age of eighty four years or whereabouts and has lived all his life in or near the Parish of Scaleby aforesaid. That he knows William Graham of Brightonflat in the said Parish of Scaleby Yeoman and also knew and was well acquainted with his father William Graham late of Scaleby Hall in the Parish of Scaleby aforesaid deceased. That the said William Graham of Scaleby Hall was the only brother of George Graham formerly of Brightonflat and afterwards of Scaleby Hall aforesaid. That this deponent knew and was well acquainted with Richard Graham of Brightonflat the Father of the said George Graham and his brother William Graham of Brightonflat, the said Richard Graham having married Ellen Gibson the sister of this deponent's Father Joseph Gibson. That the said George Graham was the eldest son of the said Richard Graham. That the said Richard Graham had an ancient estate in Scaleby which descended to his son the said George Graham. Thus the said George Graham and his brother William Graham also purchased the estate called Scaleby Hall of Thomas Bulman and Stephen Bulman. That William Graham the Brother of the said George Graham also purchased a close called Potts Dales which was formerly divided into two enclosures and was formerly the property of David Lattimer and afterwards of William Graham of Halfway House. That this Deponent has known the said respective Estates during the greatest part of his life and that the ancient Estate of the said Richard Graham consisted of a cottage and parcel of land called the Green adjoining to the road leading from Scaleby to Fordsyke on the North and the Glebe Land of the Rector of Scaleby on the West, also of several closes delineated on the plan hereunto annexed and therein described by the respective names of North Close Inside and Black Lands and also of a Parcel of Meadow Ground called Parliament Dyke adjoining the Lands of Robert Sutton on or towards the East and West the land of Sir Wastel Brisco on or towards the South and an Occupation Lane which divides it from a parcel of Meadow formerly the property of this deponent on or towards the North. That the ancient estate of the said Richard Graham is also entitled to a share in Scaleby Common Wood Meadow and a share in Hunlow Moss. That the said estate called Scaleby Hall consists of a dwelling house called by that name with part of the Green and out buildings and a garden thereto adjoining and the several closes delineated on the plan hereto annexed and therein described by the respective names of Hill Near Low Field, Far Low Field, Hall Dales, Rough Rigg and Hall Mires and also a share in Scaleby Common Wood and Hunlow Moss aforesaid. That the Close delineated in the plan thereunto annexed and therein described by the name Pott's Dales is the same Close which was formerly the Property of David Latimer and was purchased by the said William Graham deceased of William Graham of Halfway House.

Richard Gibson

Sworn at the City of Carlisle the thirty-first Day of March in the Year of Our Lord 1832 Before W. Nanson a Master in Chancery.