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28. January 1660./
Ex parte Hall quoad the James}
Super Allgeatione paed Examinatus./.
Major Charles Stevenson of Edenborowe in
Scotland Esquire aged 63 yeeres or thereabouts sworne
and Examined saith as followeth./.
To the 1. 2d. 3d and 4th articles of the said Allegation, hee saith that, hee this
Deponent well knoweth the shipp the James arlate whereof Robert Hall
was Captaine ) in the yeeres 1648 and 1649. Shee belonging then to Leith
neere Edinbrowe aforesaid where this Deponent was borne, And saith
that hee the said Robert Hall ws then a quarter part owner of the said
ship, as this Deponent was Credibily informed. And saith that in one
of the said Yeeres this deponent was at the Isle of Orkney by
the Lord of Canoole and other Noblemen and Officers of his Majesty
there, put onboard the said ship James as Major, to goe in her to
seeke for the Truely noble and Valiant Marquesse of Montrosse to receive order from
him, And saith that before his coming aboard her and after, hee
this Deponent sawe the Commission granted by his majestye that nowe
is to the said Robert Hall, by which Commision the said Hall was with
the said ship James to followe the order of the said Marquesse of
Montrosse, And saith that the said ship sailing from Orkney
for Hamborowe where they understood the Marquesse of Mon[?XX]
then was, and coming upon the Coast of ffreisland shee was
by foule weather driven to the Harbour of Docam in
ffreisland, and soone fafter her coming thither the foresaid
Robert hall the Captaine of the said ship, and some others
that came thither in her went thence overland for hamborowe
to speake with the Marquesse of Montrosse
To the 5th and 6th hee saith that the said ship being soe seized the alate
Sir William Mackdowell his Majestyes agent at Greoning in ffreisland
and alsoe his precontest Mr Leith did solicite the
Lord of ffreissland about getting the said ship released, and showed
them the foresaid Commission granted bu his said Majesty to the said
Captaine Hall, and many other Evidences and Testimonyes shew
ing clearely that the said ship sailed with his said Majestyes
Commission and was a ship in his Majestyes service uner the Marquesse
of Montrosse, As this deponent after his coming out of prison heard him
affirme, but notwithsatnding shee and all that shee had onboard her were condemned as a prize