William Spigget, William Bourroughs, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 13th January 1721.

Reference Number: t17210113-44
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

William Spigget alias Spiggot was again Indicted with William Bourroughs of Finchley , for Assaulting Charles Sybbald on the High Way on the 25th of August last; putting him in fear. and taking from him 15 Guineas and 10 Shillings in Money . Joseph Lindsey deposed that the Prisoners and himself met the Prosecutor and his Man on Finchley Common about Bartholemewtide last, and Robb'd him of a Purse of Guineas; that he knew but of 6 Guineas and a half, that Spiggot took the Purse, and they were all concerned in the Fact. That the Prosecutor and his Man rode one on a White Horse and the other on a Grey. Mr. Sybbold deposed that he was assaulted on Finchley Common on the 25th of August last by Three Men on Horseback; that one of them presented a Pistol to him on his Right another of them did the same on his Left, and the third secur'd his Man. That Lindsey took the

Bridle of his Horse and turned him loose, that Burroughs had a long Wig with the ends of it in his Mouth, and Spiggot's Cape was button'd up about his Chin; that they rifled him, one began at his Head another at his Middle, and searched downwards; that he lost 15 Guineas, some Silver and some Writings. That they were tall Men like the Prisoners, but could not Swear to any but Lindsay, who he had a plainer view of and remember'd his Voice, that his Man and himself were on a Grey and a White Horse. The Prisoners said they knew nothing of it. And Burroughs's Brother deposed that Mrs. Lindsey came and told him that his Brother went into the Country with her Husband, and was come to Town Raving Mad; that he took him home to his Mothers for a Fortnight, and was forced to have Men to sit up with him; and that he got him into Bethlehem, where he had been ever since my Lord Mayor's Day. The Jury considering the whole matter, found them both Guilty . Death .


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