Hugh Kidd and Wm Grindon 1778
Stafford Record Office D3359/12/1/129
The following case is about property in Hollinsclough the ownership of which was disputed between Hugh Kidd and William Grindon & his wife Mary. The case appears to have been heard on two separate occasions in 1777 and 1778 and this transcription is the final agreement.
Hugh Kidd was the plt (plaintiff) ie the person bringing the case.
William and Mary Grindon were the deforcts ie defendants (Deforcts or deforcement is to withhold something by force from the rightful owner)
Quitclaim is to renounce all claim to a possession or right
To remise is to surrender or make over a right or property
The outcome of the case was that Hugh gave William and Mary £60 and they, William and Mary, quitclaimed their rights to the property.
Unfortunately, neither the name nor exact location of the property in Hollinsclough were given, however we believe that Hugh Kidd was one of only two freeholders in the parish at that time. All other land and properties were owned by the Harpurs.
This is the final agreement in the Court of our Sovereign Lord the King at Westr (Westminster) from the day of the holy trinity in three weeks in the fifteenth year of the Reign of George the Third by Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith before William de Grey Gould William Blackstone and George Nares Justices and afterwards in fifteen days of Saint Martin in the sixteenth year of the Reign of the sd King George there allowed and Recorded before the said Justices of our lord the King and others then and there present Between Hugh Kidd plt and William Grindon and Mary his wife Deforcts of two messuages one barn one stable and cowhouse eight acres of land eight acres of meadow eight acres of pasture common of pasture for all manner of cattle and common of Turbary with the appurts in Holescough in the parish of Alstonefield where upon a plea of covenant was summoned between them in the same court That is to say that the aforesaid William and Mary have acknowledged the aforesaid tenements and commons with the appurts to be the Right of him the sd Hugh as those which the sd Hugh hath of the gift of the aforesaid William and Mary have remised and quitclaimed from them the sd William and Mary and their heirs to the aforesaid Hugh and his heirs for ever and moreover the sd William and Mary have granted for them and the heirs of the sd William that they will warrt to the aforesaid Hugh and his heirs the aforesd tenements and comons with the appurts against them the sd William and Mary and the heirs of the sd William and Mary have granted them and the heirs of the said Mary that they will warrant to the aforesd Hugh and his heirs the aforesd tenements with the appurts against them the sd William and Mary the heirs of the sd Mary for ever and for this acknowledgement Qicus? Quitclaim Warrantis and agreement the sd Hugh hath given to the aforesd William and Mary sixty pounds sterling