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that the contents thereof was that hee the sayd Kercoffe was bound for
Rotterdam and would by virtue of a Commission from the States of Holland
give Convoy to all shipps of Scotland lying at Leith and other ports adiacent
within the river of fforth and bound for Rotterdam and to will the sayd
Robert Cammell to give notice to all shipps neere thereabouts and thither bound
to bee ready to goe under his convoy the first fayre winde that happenes
and this deponent sawe the sayd Cammell at Leith
shew the sayd Letter to the sayd John Tannent and acquainte him that the
sayd Kircoffe would be ready to convoy and had undertaken to convey all shipps thereabouts
to Rotterdam which was thither bound And further to this Interrogatorie hee cannot

To the second and third Interrogatories hee saith that hee this deponent being one of the Company
of the Advance aforesayd and on board knoweth that upon the nynth day of March
the sayd shipp the Advance and other the shipp the Union and an other shipp of Leith
the name hee knoweth not but her masters name was George Gorthy came all
in company togeather out of the River of fforth and being at Sea upon the
tenth day of the sayd moneth the sayd Tennant Master of the Union haled
the sayd Holland man of Warr and the sayd Holland man of Warr haled the
sayd Tennant and the sayd Tennant with his shipp the Union made up to the sayd
man of warr, and soe alsoe did the sayd shipp the Advance and the other shipp
whereof the sayd Gorthy was Master and then the sayd Kircoffe did welcome
all the sayd three shipps and dranks to their companys and badd them welcome
and receaved them all under his Convoy and the sayd vessells the Union the
Advance and the sayd Gorthys shipp steered all of them by the light of the sayd
Kirkoffs man of warr all that night And saith that the next day in the
morneing being eleventh of March 1655 English style men of warr of Dunkirke
and one of Oastend mett with chased
the sayd vessells the Union the Advance and the sayd Gorthies vessell and a dutch vessell whereof one James Reynold was Master who was alsoe in company with them
and the sayd Kercoff being then about a myle and a halfe of a head of the sayd
Vessells seeing them chased made all the sayle that possible hee could as did
alsoe two other dutch vessells that were neerer to him, and soe
the sayd Kirkoff and the sayd two dutch vessells went cleere away without
makeing any the least resistance or endeavouring any way to free the Union
the Advance, the sayd Gorthyes vessell or the sayd other other dutch vessell whereof
the sayd Reynolds was Master from being surprised by the sayd dunkirke and
Ostend men of warr although hee had formerly taken upon him to convoy them
safely to Rotterdam a foresayd, by which the sayd Kerkoffs desertion of them
the sayd vessells the Union the Advance and the sayd Gorthies and Reynolds vessell
and their ladeing were all surprized and taken by the sayd dunkirke and Ostend
men of warr, but the Reynolds his vessell appearing to bee a dutch
vessell and to have a dutch passe shee and her ladeing were by the sayd dunkirke
and Ostend men of warr discharged and this deponent and all the rest of the
Company of the Advance taken out of her and put on board the sayd Reynolds
shipp. And the Union and Advance and the sayd Gorthies vessells were by the sayd
three men of warr carried away to Ostend and dunkirke And further hee
cannot answere saving hee saith that before the Union came from Scotland
that voyage hee was divers tymes on board for and save that hee ladeing
consisted of sugar, tobaccoe coales and some other goods, and saith the Advances ladeing
was coales and skinnes and other merchandise And saith that when the sayd dunkirke
and Oastend men of warr first persuad[?e] the Union and the other shipps aforesayd
there were beside the sayd Kirkoffs man of warr sixe vessells dutch and scotch in