Anthony Drury, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 12th October 1726.

Anthony Drury , of the Parish of Eling , was indicted for assaulting Thomas Eldridge on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a Bag, value 2 d. a Fan, value 1 s. a Hamper value 6 d. 15 Moidores, 210 Guineas, and 80 half Guineas , the Goods and Money of John Burrows , Sept. 25 .

He was a second time indicted for assaulting Sarah the Wife of Robert king on the Highway, and robbing her of 2 s. 6 d. the Money of her Husband , Sept. 25.

He was a third time indicted for assaulting Thomas Eldridge on the Highway, and taking a Callicoe Gown and Petticoat, value 20 s. the Goods of Giles Betts , Sept. 25.

He was a fourth time indicted for assaulting Mary the wife of Joseph Page on the Highway, and forcibly taking from her 2 s. 6d. The Money of her Husband , Sept. 25 .

Thomas Eldridge thus depos'd. On Sunday Night betwixt Eleven and Twelve, as I was driving the Bister Waggon for London, in Company with other Waggons, the Prisoner Pass'd me several times on this side of Southwell. He was in a red Rug-Coat and a laced Hat, and rode upon a Grey Horse. I could see his Face plainly, for it was a very light Night, He stop'd his Horse, look'd hard at me, and asked where Mr. King was. I told him in the Waggon, for Mr. King was the Waggoner , and had desired me to ride his Horse while he went in to Sleep. - Then the Prisoner went off, and in a little while he came riding up again full speed, and swore he'd Shoot me, if I did not stop the Waggon, and order'd Mr. King to come out and stand by the Horses. Then he went to the tail of the Waggon, and call'd for a Knife to cut the Ropes. I told him I had got no Knife, but if he'd have a little Patience, I'd untye 'em. He swore he was in haste and could not stay so long, and so he gave me his own Knife, and ordered me to cut 'em. He told us the road was beset with Highwaymen. Some Women and Children that were in the Waggon got out. He ordered several Hampers to be taken down. I told him I Wondered what he wanted, for I knew of nothing in the Waggon of any great Value. He swore he wanted Money, and would have it before he went, or else all the Hampers in the Waggon should be shot into the Road. At last he took a brown paper Parcel out of a Hamper, but what was in that Parcel I cannot tell; but it seem'd to be pretty heavy for the bigness. He attended us near two Hours in all. I did not take him for a Highway-man at first, but only for some Maggotty London Gentleman, that was got upon a drunken Frolick. On the Tuesday following I apprehended him at the Black-Boy and Unicorn at West-Wickham. I had described him so exactly to my Landlady, that he coming there, she suspected him to be the Man, and sent for me. I first went to look on his Horse, which I knew by several Spots on his Head. Then I went into the Kitchen where the Prisoner was drinking with - Barret, a Banbury Waggoner. The Prisoner said he wanted to speak with Mr. Watts about a Marble-Table. I took no Notice that I knew the Prisoner but said I'd go see for Mr. Watts. I told Mr. Watts that the Prisoner was the Man that rob'd the Waggon. He at first was in a great Passion at what I said, and told me that Mr. Drury was a Gentleman that lived in very good Credit at Wendover; but when I insisted upon it, he went to the Inn, and kept him in Discourse while I fetched a Constable. We found a Pistol upon him, about 7 l. in Money, and some Bank Bills, and a Receipt, which made up near the Money that was lost.

Thomas Wood thus depos'd. I was walking for London, and overtook the Waggon. I saw the Prisoner very plainly, and suspected him to be a Highway-men, he had a Screw Barrel Pistol in his Hand. - He Swore it would be to no purpose to make resistance, for there were 20 more Highway-men upon the Road. - This was within a Furlong of Eling, at the end of the Lane.

Robert King the Waggoner thus depos'd. - I got out of the Waggon, just as the Person that rob'd it came up. - He took the Parcel out of the little Hamper, which was deliver'd to me, by John Burrows of Bister, and directed for himself, for he was going to London.

Sarah King thus depos'd. I was asleep when the Prisoner came up Thundring and Swearing. I got out, and went to the next Waggon but one, where Mrs. Wheeler was. O, says she, Kill him a Rogue, I know him, I have liv'd with him at Bister. He came up to me. I look'd him in the Face, and he Swore D-ye give me your Money, and so I gave him 3 or 4 Shillings.

John Burrows thus depos'd. Having occasion to send some Money to London, I put up 15 Moidores and 250 Guineas, in a Linnen Bag, which with an old Fan, I Wrapt in a dirty Gown and Petticoat, belonging to Mr. Bats; I cover'd these with two or three Sheets of Brown Paper, which I ty'd with Pack-thread, and put into in to a small Hamper, directed for my self, and delivered it to the Bister Waggoner. This Gown and Petticoat, Fan and brown Paper, I found at Mr. Lowes at Wattleton, where it was left by the Prisoners Order.

Elizabeth Low thus depos'd. I live at the Crown at Wattleton. About 10 in the Morning, of the Tuesday after the Robbery; The Prisoner came to my House, and desir'd to direct him to somebody that would return 50 l. for him, to London. I advis'd him to Mr. Hern, who readily served him. He desir'd me to change 7 Moidores for Guineas, but I refus'd. He sent my Husband to Thomas Lamdens at Reading, for a Parcel. When it came I open'd it, and saw that it was this old Gown and Fan.

John Gray thus depos'd. Before the Prisoner was searched, he said, he had no Pistols about him, not ever had in his life, but one was quickly found, and 7 l. 6 s. in his Pocket, and when his Coat was pull'd off, we perceive'd a little Parcel sew'd under his Arm-pit, which we ript open, and found there, a Bank Note for 100 l. and another for 20 l. a Bill of Hern on Perry, for 50 l. another of Burt on Marriot for 20 l. and a Receipt of 78 l. 18 s. paid at reading. The 2 Bills and Receipts, where dated after the Robbery.

Thomas Watts thus depos'd. About 2 in the Afternoon on the Sunday of the Robbery, I saw the Prisoner ride through Wickham, in a red Rug Coat and a Laced Hat; and on the next Tuesday, when Eldridge call'd me over, I ask'd the Prisoner where he had been, and he told me in Gloucestershire. Why I am sure I saw you ride through here, on Sunday last, says I, No indeed, says he, you've mistaken, for I was then 30 Miles off. - Mr. Hawkswell depos'd to the same Effect, and likewise confirm'd the Evidence of John Gray .

Mary Page thus depos'd. I was in the Banbury Waggon, which went a little before the Bister Waggon. - The Prisoner came up to me, and rob'd me of half a Crown. There were 7 or 8 Waggons in Company.

Jonas Hannaway thus depos'd. I was very intimate with the Prisoners, when he lived at Bister, where I live now, and went to see him in Aylsbury Jail, when I found 3 Gentlemen with him. He told them that he was Innocent, and could prove where he receiv'd the Money, and at what place he was, at the time of the Robbery. - When the Men were gone, I ask'd him how he could have the Impudence to deny the Fact, When things were to plain against him, and told him it might be better for him to speak the Truth, Then he confest, and said

that the Notes and Bills that were taken upon him, were purchas'd with Mr. Burrows's Money, and that if they would stop the Prosecution, he would make up the whole Money to them.

The Prisoner made no Defence, but said, that his Witnesses were not ready. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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