William Brayn, Theft > animal theft, 11th December 1678.

Reference Number: t16781211e-37
Offence: Theft > animal theft
Verdict: Not Guilty

William Brayn Indicted, for that he, the 6th. of Septemb. 1678. did steal one Gelding, colour brown , from Ambros Galloway . He pleaded Not guilty, and put himself upon the Countrey.

William Brayn, for stealing a Gelding from Ambros Galloway; against whom

One testifi'd his knowledge, that it was Ambros Galloways Horse; and another, that he bought it of the Prisoner. But Ambros himself, being a Quaker, would not, for Conscience-sake, as he said, swear, and so could give no testimony about his losing him. Upon which the Court directed the Jury to find the Prisoner Not guilty for want of Evidence, and committed the Quaker, as a concealer of Felony, for refusing an Oath to Witness for the King.

That William Brayne, is not guilty .


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