Thomas Percivall, Royal Offences > coining offences, 12th October 1693.

Reference Number: t16931012-37
Offence: Royal Offences > coining offences
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Thomas Percivall , of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields ; (that lately belonged to the Play-House) was indicted, for that he being a person not having God before his Eyes, nor weighing his Duty and Allegiance to our Sovereign Lord and Lady the King and Queen; but endeavouring and intending to deceive the King and People, he did falsly and traiterously clip, cut, file and diminish the Currant Coin of England : The Evidence for the King deposed, that when they came to search his Lodgings on the 10th of September last, he run away, but was soon stopt, and in his Pocket was found a small Paper of Clippings; and over his Bed's-head was found another little Bag of Clippings, which were showed to the Jury; and a pair of Shears, which were seen to drop from the Prisoner in the Street as he run away; which he did not deny; adding, that he found the Shears and the Clippings in a Closet where he lodged, and was going to carry them to Mr. Justice Bridgmans when Mr. Dunn came upon him; but he was askt why he run away when he saw Mr. Dunn; he said, because he was afraid of falling into their [Text unreadable in original.], which was easily believed; He was found guilty of High Treason.

[Death. See summary.]


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