William Wardlow, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 9th December 1747.

Reference Number: t17471209-29
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

+ 35. William Wardlow was indicted for assaulting on the King's highway, and putting in bodily fear Josiah Rogerson , and robbing him of 1 silver watch, val. 3 l. the goods of Thomas Walker , and 19 s. in money the property of Josiah Rogerson , the 22d of July, 1746 .

Josiah Rogerson . On the 22d of July, 1746. as I was walking by Old-street Church in the pathway, I was stopt by two men, they told me to make no noise, but deliver what I had; upon my making some hesitation, one of them took out a pistol, and said I was a dead man: I would have given him my watch, but one of them trembled so that he could not take it, but the other did. I gave them the silver watch and 19 s. in money; then they ordered me to make no noise, nor take any notice; he with the pistol had on a light wig, and his hat tied down, the other had a dark wig; I advertis'd

the watch and it was brought to me in about three days after by Mr. Akins the pawnbroker, and by describing the person he believed he might be taken; so I went with him to Short's Garden's, and several places but we could not find him. I am sure the prisoner is one of the persons that robbed me.

Thomas Akins . To the best of my knowledge this is the watch I took in of the Prisoner at the Bar, I lent him a guinea and half upon it.

Q. Do you know when he pawn'd it?

Akins. The 23d of July, 1746.

Q. How came you to bring this watch to Mr. Rogerson?

Akins. It was advertis'd, when I came to Mr. Rogerson I ask'd him what sort of a man it was that robb'd him, and he said it was a man in a seafaring dress, and had on a checkt shirt; the person that brought the watch answer'd to the description given by Mr. Rogerson. I am sure the Prisoner is the person that brought the watch to me.

Henry Bloodwick . I lent this watch to Mr. Rogerson, I am a watchmaker, and I borrowed it of Mr. Walker to lend while I made Mr. Rogerson one.

Thomas Walker . Mr. Bloodwick came to me and said Mr. Rogerson had bespoke a watch of him, and as he was very busy and had diappointed him, he begg'd I would lend him one for him, which I did, and is the watch now produc'd in Court.

Court to the Prisoner. What have you to say by way of Defence?

Prisoner. I belong'd to the Kouly-kan privateer, and had prize-money due, and I borrowed 5 l. upon it, and with part of it I bought this watch; I gave two guineas for it of one of my ship's company, I went to the place where they lodged, and they had been gone to sea for a twelvemonth, but I am quite innocent of the fact.

Robert Steff . I have known the Prisoner above ten years, I lived next door to his brother, he has used the sea about five years, and I have seen him backward and forwards, and I can give him a character for an honest man.

Guilty Death .


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