William Burton, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 28th August 1695.

Reference Number: t16950828-43
Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Death

William Burton of the Parish of Chiswick , was indicted for a Robbery on the Highway committed upon the Wife of one Thomas Chambers , on the 19th of June , and taking from her one laced Headdress, and one Vizard Mask, one half Guinea in Gold, and 20s. in Monies numbered . Mrs. Chambers going down in the Worcester Coach, was set upon in The Prisoner called several Witnesses on his behalf [Text unreadable in original.] that he would give her some of her Money again, for that it was the beginning of her Journey, which he refused; then she being in a passion told him, she hoped she should see him hanged at Tyburn. Then he rod round the Coach, and took hold of her Headcloaths and tore them off her Head; but she caught hold of the two ends, and kept them. And the Prisoner put her Headcloaths into his Breeches, which was found upon him when taken; he was found guilty .

He was likewise indicted a second time for Assaulting Charles Knowles , Esq ; alias Earl of Banbury, on the said 19th day of June , on the King's Highway, at Turnham Green , That he with four more not yet taken did endeavour to rob him the said Earl of Banbury ; and the Prisoner endeavoured to stop his Lordship's Coach. His Lordship shot him into the Head, upon which he endeavoured to make his escape, but was taken; he was found guilty o the Assault.

[Death. See summary.]


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