Thomas Crawford, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 11th July 1750.

Reference Number: t17500711-20
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

439. Thomas Crawford was indicted, for that he on the king's highway, upon Valentine Harris did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, one silver watch, value 3 l. one periwig, value 10 s. from his person did steal, take and carry away .

July 5 .

Valentine Harris deposed the same he did on the trial of Mary Dimer , in Sept. Sessions last, to which paper the Reader is refered No. 582. with this addition ; that he was very certain the Prisoner at the bar was the man, who in company with Mary Dimer , (since executed) did commit the robbery, having a clear view of his face.

The Constable deposed the same as in the other trial.

Mary Wise . Mary Dimer was my daughter. I know the Prisoner and my daughter did use to keep company together; here is a woman, at whose house they lodged together, can give a better account of him than I can.

Sarah Johnson . The Prisoner and Mary Dimer lodged at my house together six weeks; they used to come in and out together. One night they went out together.

Q. What night?

Johnson. I don't know the day of the month, but it was of a Tuesday. She nor he ever came home that night; the next morning I heard she was taken up for stealing a watch. He had a remarkable* mould on his left cheek.

* It was reported some time before his trial came on, the mould had been taken off by art.

For the Prisoner.

Elizabeth Wolley . On the 5th of last July, the Prisoner happened to come by my husband, my husband said, here is your play-fellow gone by; this was between ten and eleven o'clock in the forenoon. I had lain in about twelve or fourteen days; I desired my husband to call him back, I had not seen him some years, which he did. I desired him mightily to stay with me; he said he was going to Islington. I having sent my child to the church to be baptized that day, is the reason I can remember it so well.

Q. Did he stay with you any time?

Wolley. He stayed with me from that time till 5 o'clock next morning. He was in liquor and sat down in a chair. My husband got up and went to work, and said he would go to his mother, but whether he did or not, I can't say.

Q. Where was the child baptized?

Wolley. At Cripplegate church; it being very ill, made me hasten to have it christened.

Q. Where do you live?

Wolley. I live in Golden-Lane, facing the hand and tipstaff.

Mrs. Olifant. I was servant to Mrs. Wolley at that time. My mistress desired Mr. Crawford to stay with her, he stayed till the company broke up; about eleven o'clock, he, being in liquor, sat down in a chair and slept till morning, and gave me a shilling for awaking him at five o'clock.

I went with him that morning near Cripplegate, where he gave me a dram.

Q. Was the child christened that day your mistress speaks of?

Olifant. It was, my Lord.

Q. What is your mistress's business?

Olifant. She is a fish-woman, and my master a carman; I am positive as to the day, my master would have paid me, it was on a Wednesday, my month being up that very day.

Q. to Mrs. Wolley. Why did not you bring the account of this christening taken from the register of the parish?

Wolley. I did not think there would have been occasion for that.

Guilty , Death .


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