Elizabeth Harris, William Harris, Benjamin Buttler, Royal Offences > coining offences, 12th May 1687.

Reference Number: t16870512-8
Offence: Royal Offences > coining offences
Verdict: Guilty; Not Guilty
Punishment: Death > drawn and quartered

William Harris , Elizabeth his Wife , and Benjamin Buttler , of St. Giles's in the Fields , were Tryed upon an Indictment of High-Treason, for Coining divers Counterfeit Pieces in imitation of the New Mill'd Groats, &c. on the 8th. of April , and upon Tryal it appeared against them, by the Testimony of Francis Paylor and William Williams , that William Harris had at sundry times Coined pieces in the like imitation, with a Stamp made for that purpose, and that Benjamin Buttler was assisting to him therein, especially in washing or silvering them over, as also in puting them away as Currant Moneys, and further, by the Constable and others that Apprehended them, that much Counterfeit Moneys of this kind, together with the Stamp produced in Court, &c. was found about William Harris , and in his house; he and Buttler were found Guilty of the Treason, but the proof being in no wise possitive against the Wife, she was Acquitted .

[Death. See summary.]


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