William Blower, Royal Offences > coining offences, 16th July 1685.

Reference Number: t16850716-14
Offence: Royal Offences > coining offences
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

William Blower , in the Parish of Alhallows, London , Indicted for High-Treason in Clipping and diminishing the Lawful Coin of this Kingdom, viz. 20 pieces of Silver called King Edward the 6th Money, 2 s. 6 d. per Piece, and divers other Pieces, most Half Crowns, with Sheers and other Instruments thereunto belonging ; there appeared but one Evidence against him, but he was very Positive, deposing, how that going to the said Blowers House, to Enquire for some Person and looking into a Chamber, saw the Money in Half Crowns, and divers Clip'd pieces, with Boxes, Sheers, and other things there unto belonging which were produced in the Court: The Prisoner could make but very cold Excuses for himself, pretending he knew nothing of the matter, and that the Room where they were found, he had let to one Mr. Johnson, who had been his Lodger about the space of a Month; but being ask'd where the said Johnson was, he said he had not seen him since, nor knew not where he was; he produced two or three Ignorant Women, who endeavoured to do him Service, but all to no purpose, for my Lord Chief Baron laid the Fact so apparent to the Jury, that they found him guilty of High Treason.

[Death. See summary.]


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