William Maclocklin, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 5th April 1749.

Reference Number: t17490405-22
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

264. William Maclocklin , was indicted for robbing Benjamin Tribe on the King's high-way, of one silver watch, val. 10 s. one pair of silver shoebuckles , val. 5 s. one guinea in gold, and 16 s. in silver , Mar. 29 .

Benj Tribe . I keep the three Tuns at Bow, I had been at London about my wine licence, going home I took Archibald Forister the watchman at Mile end to light me home; the prisoner at the Bar met us about eleven o'clock at night, he had two more with him; they first came up and ask'd the watchman the way to White-chappel, the two came and look'd full in my face, and ask'd the same; we were both turned with our

faces towards London, directing them, the third person came up behind me and gave me a blow on my shoulder, and a little trip on my heel, so that I fell against the bank; he put his left arm upon my throat to keep me from making a noise; I said, What is the matter? What do you want, friend? says he, your money you dog! he began to grabble in my right-hand pocket; but my right-hand being a little lame, I put my money on my left side: in this time the watchman was knock'd down and his light put out, he was crying out for mercy, there were two upon him: he knowing the prisoner at the Bar, inadvertently said, Macklocklin , I did not use you so when I had you two days and a night in custody for knocking a man down, and when I lent you my hat to go before the Justice; he speaking that word, they made him cry out more and more, O Lord! O Lord! have mercy on me: Said I, pray gentlemen don't commit murder; I have money, take it, it is in my left pocket; so the man that knock'd me down, put his hand in my pocket and pull'd out my money ; by my intreaties they seemed a little softned , the other two left the watchman and came to me, so they all had a hand in robbing of me, they took my watch: said I, take it and welcome; the prisoner came to my buckles , he began with my left foot, and the other two took out my right shoebuckle .

Q. What money did you lose?

Tribe. One guinea in gold, and 16 s. in silver; the man that knock'd me down took that, they got off me and left me lying against the bank; they had haul'd the watchman at a distance from me, and pull'd him by the legs into a ditch: said I, you have been so good as not to hurt me, pray be so good to help me up; one of them gave me his hand and helped me up: I was no sooner on my legs but one of them (I suppose the prisoner) took me a violent blow on my head and said, Deliver! and took off my hat and wig: I said, gentlemen, I thought I had delivered: said he, Deliver your all you dog? said I, I have a disorder in my head , and I am fearful of catching cold in my head ; I am afraid of an ague, &c. Said I, please to give me my hat or wig, I should be oblig'd to you: one of them held his hand in my wig towards me, and said, D - n you: said I, will you please to give it me? he said nothing: said I, shall I be so bold to take it? so I took my wig and put it on my head; then I asked him for my hat also: one of them said, D - n you, you will ask for all again presently? No, said I, gentlemen , I will not; please to give it me, and I shall be obliged to you. With that they made a grumbling and went off towards White-chapel.

Q. Had you light enough to discern the prisoner's face?

Tribe. I could see them coming to me by the light of the lanthorn; but when the light was out I could not. I can swear to the prisoner's face, and by his short hair, and that remarkable lock behind.

Archibald Forister . As I was going to light Mr. Tribe home the 29th of March, about eleven o'clock from Mile-end to Bow, we went 'till we pass'd the Plough, it was half way between Mile-end and Bow, there came one man up. I got near the ditch to let him pass me; when4 he came just to me he ask'd if that was the way to White-chappel; I said, It is as straight as you can walk: I turned my head about , and the prisoner at the bar gave me a blow on the side of my head with something he had in his hand; I took it to be a hanger; I knew him before, as having him in my custody, as mentioned before; it was about six weeks before this: after I was down the other man took me by the legs and dragg'd me into the ditch , and the prisoner jump'd on my breast: I said, Why do you use me so barbarously; I did not use you so Maclocklin when I had you in my custody two days and a night? &c. Said I, You cannot expect a great deal from a poor watchman: they took one shilling and fourpence from me; it was the other man that took it; they searched my pockets and took an old knife; the other spoke I believe in Irish ; they took my hat and wig, and left my hat with another man that was lying bound in the field that same night: When they left us, we went on; I got my lanthorn done up and I went back again, going along I found Mr. Tribe's hat in the field ; they had left it there.

John Hill. I am a constable; I was going round the parish to collect my money, I went into the house call'd the Three Mackerels , there was the prisoner, I took him there: Said the prisoner, The watchman was very much abus'd, and I did it; this was the 31st of March: I say, said he, I am the man that did it; I went and call'd the watchman that was abus'd and secur'd the prisoner: the watchman said, That is the man that abus'd me and stamp'd on my breast .

Prisoner's defence . Last Friday when I came in to the place where the gentleman was, I said to the landlord, Let us have a pot of beer: I had not been at Mile-end for five weeks before that :

said the landlord to me, Here is a thing lodg'd against you, and I am very sorry to hear it; said he, There has been a man robb'd and a watchman beat, and it is laid on you: Upon me, said I, How can that be? I have been out of Mile end these five weeks? With that Mr. Hill came and looked at me very earnestly, and ask'd my name; I told him, he goes and brings a watchman and another gentleman, and I had a house full of them about me, and they took me up; I have witness to prove I was in my lodging that night by seven o'clock, and in bed before nine.

Ann More . I live in East Smithfield; the prisoner lodg'd at my house, he has lodg'd with me about six weeks; he is a labouring man , he always keeps good hours; he us'd to be always in by seven or eight o'clock : he never exceeded ten. I always see my lodgers in before I go to bed.

Q. How many lodgers have you?

More. I have six .

Q. What do they give a night?

More. Two-pence; but I do not turn away three halfpence ; there was a man in bed with him that night, and two women lay in the same room.

Q. Where is that man; that is the man we want to see?

More. I have not seen him since?

John Hill. The woman's account and the prisoner's do not agree; for he swore before the Justice he had not been come from Plymouth above a fortnight.

Guilty Death .


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