John Dudley, Royal Offences > coining offences, 31st May 1693.

Reference Number: t16930531-57
Offence: Royal Offences > coining offences
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Dudley , a Nailer of Stepney , was tried for the Offence of High-Treason in Cutting, Clipping, Filing, and Diminishing the Lawful Coin of England ; The King's Witnesses deposed, That they went and searcht his House in Ratcliff Highway , and found him in his Chamber, with a pair of Sheers and a File in one hand, and nine Ounces of Clippings wrapt up in a Cloth in the other hand, and the File and Shears were in a paper; The Prisoner said, That he could not deny, but that the Clippings and Shears were found in his House; but he said farther, that they were put there by some Persons that owed him a spight, because he asked them for Money they owed him; there was a Blunderbuss and a Gun found in his House very well loaded; he pleaded his Loyalty to his King and Countrey, and his integrity upon all Accounts; to prove which, he produced a great many of his Acquaintance, but that did not avail him; He was found guilty .

[Death. See summary.]


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