Inventory of John Walker of Durham City, alderman

An Inventory of the goods & Chattelles of John Walker late of
the City of Durham Alderman deceased appraised & valued by us
whose names are hereunto subscribed the 11th day of February

Goods in the Shopp

  li s [d]
10 loaves of Sugar quantity 47 li [lb] at 7 d ½ per li 01 09 04 ½
3 Stones & ½ of Sugar at 40 s per Cent 00 17 06
6 Stones of Sugar at 52 s per Cent 01 19 00
5 Stones & ½ of Sugar at 5 s per Stone 01 07 06
8 Stones of Sugar at 40 s per Cent 02 00 00
5 dozen 1 li & ½ of blew Lyne at 6 s 6 d per dozen 01 13 03 ¾
13 dozen of white Lyne at 5 s 6 d per dozen 03 11 06
6 li of suite Lyne at 4 d per li 00 02 00
five white thread 6 s 00 06 00
4 li & ½ of white & colored thread at 1 s 3 d per li 00 05 07 ½
a parcell of narrow Inkles at 5 s 00 05 00
a parcell of colored & white filletings at 10 s 00 10 00
8 dozen of Cottens firretes & tays at 4 s 00 04 00
3 cut pieces of silk firret at 5 s 00 05 00
a gross & ½ of hair buttons at 3 s per gross 00 04 06
thread & leather Laces at 3 s 00 03 00
11 silk laces 11 d 00 00 11
8 gross of gimp buttons at 7 d per gross 00 04 08
tagging plate 3 quarters 1 s 00 01 00
5 dozen & ½ of Cards at 1 s 2 d per dozen 00 06 05
3 dozen & ½ of wash balls at 4 d per dozen 00 01 02
A Reem & 5 quyres of curse writeing paper 2 s 6 d 00 02 06
A Reem of finer writeing paper at 5 s 00 05 00
A Stone of pepper at 17 s 00 17 00
6 papers of pins at 2 d ½ per paper 00 01 03
6 pair of Necklaces 6 d 00 00 06
2 Stones of bett ginger at 4 s 6 d per Stone 00 09 00
5 Stones of Sugar in boxes at 5 s 3 d per Stone 01 06 03
a Stone of Race Ginger 4 [s per Stone] 00 04 00
2 Stones of Raisins at 3 s 6 d per Stone 00 07 00
3 Stones & ½ of Carrans at 3 s 6 d per Stone 00 12 03
3 Stones of Starch at 1 s 9 d per Stone 00 05 03
3 li of Sugarcandy at 7 d per li 00 01 09
1 li ¾ of Cloves at 8 s per li 00 14 00
1 li of Mace at 15 s 6 d 00 15 06
1 li & ¼ of Nutmeggs at 6 s 6 d per li 00 08 01 ½
6 li of Careaway seeds at 2 d per li 00 01 00
9 li of Almonds at 8 d per li 00 06 00
4 li of Careaway Comfortes at 6 d per li 00 02 00
1 li ¼ of Jemaica pepper at 1 s 4 [d] per li 00 02 04
3 li of Tobacco at 1 s 4 d per li 00 04 00
15 li of Tobacco at 11 d per li 00 13 09
12 li of Corriander Seeds at 2 d per li 00 02 00
12 li of Annaseeds at 3 d per li 00 03 00
2 Stones of Brimstone at 2 s 6 d per Stone 00 05 00
2 Stones ½ of Galls at 7 s per Stone 00 17 06
  25 03 04 ¼

[End of page 1 of 1. Ref: DPRI/1/1691/W5/1]


bett [beat] ginger dried ginger, beaten to make it more useable
brimstone sulphur
cent in this case, 8 stone or 64 lbs (of sugar)
comfort [comfit] a small sweetmeat, made of some fruit, root or seed etc. and preserved with sugar
filleting a woven material for binding
firret [ferret] a stout tape commonly made of cotton, but also of silk
gall an excrescence produced on trees, especially the oak, by the action of insects, and used in the manufacture of ink and tannin, and in dyeing and medicine
gimp silk, worsted, or cotton twist with a cord or wire running through it
gross twelve dozen
inkle a kind of linen tape
lyne [linne] flax, spun or woven; linen;
also (as 'blue', 'red' or 'Flanders lyne') a form of covering for a bed, rated by the dozen
pin paper a paper wrapper for holding pins
quyre [quire] 24 sheets of paper
race ginger root ginger
reem [ream] 480 sheets of paper
stone a weight measure, which in this period varied by region and according to the substance being measured, but generally for sugar and spices amounted to 8 lbs.
sugarloaf a moulded conical mass of hard refined sugar
tagging plate an apparatus to aid either the tagging of cloth or perhaps laces (uncertain)

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Will of Ralph Gilroy esquire of Berwick-upon-Tweed

Extracted from the Registry of the
Prerogative Court of Canterbury

In the name of God Amen I
Ralph Gilroy of Gainslaw House within
the Liberties of the Borough of Berwick upon
Tweed Esquire being in health of Body and
of sound mind memory and understanding
praised be God for the same do make this my
last Will and Testament in manner and
form following that is to say I give devise and
bequeath unto my dear Daughters Mary
Linn and Sarah Gilroy at present residing
with me at Gainslaw House aforesaid all my
Messuages Tenements or dwelling Houses
Plantation piece or parcel of Land and
premises situate lying and being in the Parish
of Port Royal in the Island of Jamaica
commonly called or known by the name of
the Berwick estate together with all Houses
Outhouses Edifices Fabrics and Buildings
Mill and all Plantation Utensils and
Implements in upon or belonging to the
said premises and also all my negroes or
Slaves which shall at the time of my
decease be resident upon or belonging to
the said Plantation Lands or Hereditaments
and all and every the Progeny Issue and
Increase of the Females of the same …

[End of page 1 of 1. Ref: DPRI/1/1828/G9/1]

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Administration bond for the estate of Sarah Jarrett of Blackett Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, widow

Know all Men by these Presents that we, John Rennison of North Shields in the County of Northumberland Tobacconist, George Bargate of the Borough and County of NewCastle upon Tyne Tanner and William Douglas of NewCastle upon Tyne aforesaid Draper are held and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God, EDWARD, by Divine Providence, Lord Bishop of Durham and to the Right Worshipful JAMES BAKER, Clerk, Master of Arts, his Vicar General and Official Principal, lawfully constituted in the Penal Sum of Nine Hundred Pounds, of good and lawful Money of GREAT BRITAIN, to be paid to the said Reverend Father in God, his said Official, or to their certain Attorney, their Executors, Administrators or Assigns; To which Payment, well and truly to be made, we oblige ourselves, and each of us by himself, jointly and severally, for the whole, our and every of our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, firmly by these Presents, sealed with our Seals, dated the thirteenth Day of December in the seventeenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and fifty three.

THE CONDITION of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden John Rennison, one of the Official Managers Appointed under and by virtue of the powers contained in An Act of Parliament made and passed in the 11th and 12th years of the year [sic] of Her present Majesty intitled "An Act to amend the Acts for facilitating the winding up the Affairs of joint stock Companies unable to meet their pecuniary Engagements and also to facilitate the dissolution and winding up of joint Stock Companies and other partnerships" and as such Official Manager as Aforesaid a Creditor and (By Decree of Court) Administrator of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, Rights, and Credits of Sarah Jarrett late of Blackett Street in the Parochial Chapelry of Saint Andrew in the Town and County of Newcastle upon Tyne in the Diocese of Durham Widow deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of him the said Administrator or into the Hands and Possession of any Person or Persons for him and the same so made, do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Consistory Court at Durham at or before the thirteenth Day of June next ensuing: and the said Goods, Chattels and Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased at the Time of her Death, which at any Time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said Administrator or to the Hands of any other Person or Persons for him do well and truly administer according to Law.

And further domake or cause to be made, a true and just Account of his said Administration, at or before the thirteenth Day of December in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and fifty four. And all the Rest and Residue of the said Goods, Chattels and Credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrators Account, the same being first examined and allowed of by the Judge or Judges for the Time being of the said Court, shall deliver or pay unto such Person or Persons respectively, as the said Judge or Judges by his or their Decree or Sentence, pursuant to the true intent and meaning of a late Act of Parliament, made in the two and twentieth and three and twentieth Years of the Reign of our late Sovereign Lord King Charles the Second, intitled An Act for the better settling of Intestates' Estates, shall limit and appoint. And if it shall hereafter appear, that any Last Will and Testament was made by the said Deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein-named, do exhibit the same into the said Court, making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said Administrator above bounden, being thereunto required, do render and deliver the said letters of Administration, Approbation of such Testament being first had and made in the said Court, then this Obligation to be Void, or else to remain in full Force and Virtue.

John Rennison
George Bargate
William Douglas

Signed, sealed, and delivered (being first
duly stamped) in the Presence of
H.W. Wright, Surrogate.

Under 450.
J Burrell, Proctor.

[marginal note:]
[Intestate died 14th January 1851.
Administration dated 14th December 1853.]

[End of page 1 of 1. Ref: DPRI/1/1853/A221]

Historical Note

Three North of England Joint Stock Banks failed in 1847, part of a wider sequence of bank failures in England and Scotland that year. Their failure was said to have caused the withdrawal of four million pounds. A contemporary diarist noted, 'Timid men who did not like going to the banks for notes or gold in lieu of those issued, paid them to their bankers first, and a day or two afterwards asked for gold or notes (Bank of England), under various pretexts; really frightened fellows demanded the gold or notes instanter, and kept their money secreted in their houses until they could get securities'.1 Upon its failure, the Newcastle, Shields and Sunderland Union Joint Stock Bank's liabilities amounted to £1,741,572, of which £309,724 were owed to parties other than shareholders. Attempts at resuming the banks' business were made, through new share issues and a series of calls on the shareholders, but in January 1853 a shareholder named John Teather of Alstonby declined to continue the payment of his calls, and upon being sued by the company Teather entered a petition to the court to initiate the dissolution of the company. The bank's business was carried on in the interim, while plans for the formation of a new bank were made, however these came to nothing, and the bank was eventually bought by Woods, Parker & Co. in 1859.

[1 Extract from the Larchfield Diary of Francis Mewburn, quoted in A History of Banks, Bankers, & Banking in Northumberland, Durham, and North Yorkshire (1894), by Maberly Phillips, p111-112.]

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Inventory of Henry Milbourne gentleman of Newcastle upon Tyne, hoastman

  A true and perfect Inventory of the Goods &
Chattles whereof Mr Henry Milbourne late of the
towne and County of Newcastle upon Tine Hoastman
deceased dyed possessed of taken & apprized the
fowerteenth day of September Anno Regni Regis William
Tertii Dei gratiæ Angliæ &c. Annoque Domini 1698 By us
Jeremiah Cook Shipwright Christopher Lodge
Glazier and John Pickells as followeth.

  Librae Solidi Denarii
Imprimis, The household Goods vallued
in all to the Summe of
234 15 09
ItemThe Deceasedes Purss
Apparrell Horss Furniture with Musketts
Pistolls and other Furniture &c
050 00 00
ItemFour keeles with their Furniture
tackle and apparrell
355 00 00
ItemFive Coale-Boates with their
Furniture tackle & Apparrell
125 00 00
ItemNorway Deales and other
Sort of Wood
291 10 00
ItemGoods Standing in the Little
House in Jesmond Vallued to
011 03 00

Summa Totalis   

1067 08 09
Turne Over …

[End of page 1 of 1. Ref: DPRI/1/1698/M5/2-3]


keel a flat-bottomed vessel, especially of the kind used on the Tyne and Wear for the loading of colliers; a lighter
deals slices sawn from a log of timber

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l of Henderson Moore of High Heworth, coal miner

Robert Green, Surrogate

This is the last Will and Testament of me Henderson
Moore of Walls End in the County of Northumberland Coal
Miner made in manner following that is to say I give devise
and bequeath unto my Dear Wife Mary Moore All and
singular my Household Furniture Plate Linen and Woollen
China Ready Monies Bills Bonds Notes Mortgages and
other Securities for Money and all and and singular other the
rest residue and remainder of my Estate and Effects
whatsoever and wheresoever and of what Nature kind or
quality soever the same be as well Real as Personal of
which I shall die possessed interested in or intitled unto To
hold the same unto my said Wife Mary Moore her Heirs
Executors Administrators and Assigns for Ever And I do
hereby make consititue and appoint my said Dear Wife
Mary Moore Sole Executrix of this my Will hereby revoking
and making void all former and other Wills by me made I
declare this to be and contain my last Will and Testament In
witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal
the Seventeenth day of June in the year of our Lord One
thousand Eight hundred and Fifteen.

Hendrson Moore

Signed sealed Published and declared by the said Testator
Henderson Moore as and for his last Will and Testament in the
presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the
presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our Names as

Ralph Pearson
William Pearson
Edward Stuart

[End of page 1 of 1. Ref: DPRI/1/1841/M15/1]

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Will of Thomas Burn of Southwick, glass manufacturer

In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Burn of
Southwick in the County of Durham Glass Manufacturer being
in health of body and of sound and disposing mind memory and
understanding do make and dseclare this my last Will and Testament
in manner following that is to say I will order and direct that my Executor
herinafter named do and shall immediately after my decease in the first
place by and out of my real and personal Estate and Effects pay and discharge
all my just debts and funeral expences and the expences of proving this my
Will and I do hereby charge and make liable all my said real and personal
Estate with the payment thereof accordingly And in order to make a comfortable
maintenance and provision for my beloved Wife Ann Burn I do hereby give
and bequeath to her my said Wife and her Assigns for and during her
Widowhood One annuity or Yearly Sum of fifty pounds of lawful money
of Great Britain free of all deductions which said Annuity or Yearly Sum
of fifty pounds shall be paid and payable by my Executor hereinafter named
during the time aforesaid to the said Ann Burn upon her request by equal
half yearly payments and shall be sufficiently secured to her for that purpose
by my said Executor by his single personal bond or otherwise as shall be most
convenient to him and the said Annuity so bequeathed shall also be in lieu
bar and satisfaction of all dower and of all other rights claims interest and
property of my said Wife in or to any part of my real or personal Estate and
Effects whatsoever provided also nevertheless that in order the better to enable
my Son William Burn as my Executor hereinafter named to pay the said
Annuity or Yearly Sum of fifty pounds and the said Annuity is so given
upon the express condition that my said Wife Ann Burn shall and do
immediately after my decease Assign and transfer to the said William Burn
All and every the Share and Shares Stock property and interest in the public
funds which at the time of my decease she may have or claim to be intitled
to have a claim To Hold the same to my said Son William Burn his
Executors, Administrators and Assigns for ever Upon Trust in the first
place to apply the Yearly dividends and proceeds thereof in satisfaction of the
said Annuity as far as the same will amount and then to the proper use
and behoof of the said William Burn his Executors Administrators and
Assigns for ever And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my real
Estate Leasehold Messuages and Tenements for lives and Years Goods
and Chattels Lands Tenements and Hereditaments Rights Credits Ready
Money Mortgages Bonds and Securities for money Money and Stock in
the public funds Stock in Trade (and particularly all those my Six
twentieth undivided parts or shares the purchase of four of which I have
lately contracted for and accepted of of and in the joint Stock and Trade
now carrying on in Copartnership at the Crown Glass <House> at Southwick
aforesaid and of and in the Yearly profits and produce thereof and all
my Estate Interest and demand of in and to the said joint Stock profits
and produce together with the indenture of Copartnership and Contract
for the purchase of the said four Shares and all benefit and advantage
whatsoever to be had or made thereof or thereby or of or by either of them) …

[End of page 1 of 1. Ref: DPRI/1/1815/B17/1-2]


indenture a deed between two or more parties executed in two or more copies, which copies formerly having their tops or edges correspondingly indented or serrated for identification and security

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Inventory of Bremen debts of Stephen Maddison of Newcastle upon Tyne, merchant

A Copye what debts my master Stephen
Maddison was Resting at Breme when he died.

1623 January   Rix dollers Groten
  Imprimis unto Arone Mier of Breme for Ry 656  
  Item more to John Holl of Breme for Ry 862
  Item more to master Henericke Mier for his freight 56
Item unto Arone Fulgrefe in lent money 70
  Item unto Old Driers for upon delivery of
lead Received of her in mony
  Item unto Diricke Joynson Buden Dore for
beanes bought of him is
182 54
1623 July Item unto Henericke van Askin for Ry & beans 938 28
  Some total 2865 10

  This some 2865 Rixe dollers & 10 grotes bremers
Amonteth to the some in English mony ruting the
doller to 4 s 9 d which is some 680 li 9 s 5 d
which was due to be paid at Breme in July 1623.

per John Lyons Junior

[End of page 1 of 1. Ref: DPRI/1/1625/M1/3]


ry rye
rixe dollar reichsthaler: a silver coin and money of account, current
from the latter part of the 16th to the middle of the 19th century in various
European countries (Holland, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden). In
this case the accountant is using the reichsthaler as a unit of account: one
dollar or thaler divided into 2 Bremische Marck (or 6 Kopff-Stück or 72
Grot). One Mark Bremisch had 36 Grot; 1 Kopff-Stück had 12 Grot; 1 Grot
had 5 Schwaren.

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