Frances Wroth, Margery Townley, Elizabeth Hilliard, Mary Beale, Royal Offences > coining offences, 21st February 1694.

Reference Number: t16940221-55
Offence: Royal Offences > coining offences
Verdict: Guilty; Not Guilty
Punishment: Death > burning; Death > respited for pregnancy

Frances Wroth , Margery Townley , Elizabeth Hilliard , and Mary Beale , together with John Townley sick in Prison were indicted for High-Treason, in clipping the Current Coyn of this Kingdom, (that is to say) 20 Half Crowns, 30 other pieces called Shillings, and 40 other pieces called Six-pences ; the Evidence deposed, That going to the Pump-House belonging to the City of London in the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , they went into the House adjoyning to the Pump-House, and asked for the Keys of the Pump-House and they said there was no body within; but going up one pair of Stairs, he chanced to push with his stick against a window, and it fell down, and he discover'd Wroth and Townley; and he had them open the doors, and going up stairs, he found a pair of Shears in the floor, with a paper of Clippings and other Instruments: the Jury found Frances Wroth and Margery Townley Guilty of High-Treason, and Elizabeth Hilliard and Mary Beale were acquitted .

[Wroth: Death. See summary.]

[Townley: Death -respited for pregnancy. See summary.]


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