Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 23 July 2014), July 1691 (16910708).

Old Bailey Proceedings, 8th July 1691.

THE PROCEEDINGS AT Justice-Hall in the Old-Baily,

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, being the 8th, 9th, and 10th Days of July, 1691.

And in the Third Year of Their MAJESTIES Reign.

John Collet alias Cole , was Indicted as Principal and Edward Aldershaw as Accessary, for that they, together with one Christopher Asheley alias Browne, not taken, did break the Parish Church of Great St. Bartholomew, London , on the 12th of Nov. last was 12 Month, and Sacriligiously did take away 2 Diaper Table-Cloaths, value 30 s. one Velvet Pawl, value 20 l. three Yards of Black Cloth, value 30 s. one Velvet Pulpit Cloth, value 7 l. one Velvet Table-Cloth, value 20 l. one Velvet Cushion, value 3 l. one Plush Cushion, value 5 s. one Plush Table-Cloth, value 10 s. two Holland Surplices, value 30 s. one Silver Flagon-Pot, value 35 l. one Tankard, value 6 l. one Silver Cup, value 6 l. another Silver Cup Gilt, value 7 l. one Gilt Plate, value 5 l. &c. The Evidence in chief was Stephen Fawson and William Crossfeild , Church-wardens, who swore that they lost the above said Goods; and one Benneson swore, That they brought the Plate to him to sell, and that Collet had confest to him, That he broke open the Vestry Door and took away all the Goods, &c. They both said they knew nothing of it, and had no Evidence to prove any thing for them; yet the Witnesses did not Charge Aldershaw to have been actually in the Robbery, so he was Acquitted , but Collet was found Guilty of Felony, Burglary and Sacriledge.

[Death. See summary.]

Jane Williams , was Tryed for Robbing Mr. Peter Bridger of 50 Yards of Silver Lace, value 30 l. three Diaper Napkins, value 10 s. two Handkerchiefs, value 3 s. on the 24th of December last. She was a Servant to Mr. Bridger when the Goods were lost, and afterwards she confest the Fact, and that she had sold the Goods for fourteen or fifteen pounds; so she was found Guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

Mary Wade , was Tryed for stealing from Richard Ward of Bishopsgate, four Shifts, two Gowns, some Aprons, and several small Goods of good value , one the 26th of June last, which were found upon the Prisoner, and the Prosecutor had them again, so she was found Guilty only to the value of Nine Shillings .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elizabeth Williams, alias Matthews, alias Davis , and Anne Webb , were both Tryed for Robbing the House of Joshua Perry of St. Andrews Parish , Williams as Principal, Webb as Accessary. The Prosecutor's Wife swore that she lost several Goods, viz. a Feather Bed, value 3 l. a Bolster, Pillows, Sheets, Curtains and Vallens, &c. some of which were found in the Custody of Anne Pitts , a Broker, in Paul's Alley, where the Prisoner Williams had disposed of them, but the Goods being committed in trust to her, the said Williams, she was found to have taken them; and the Matter being left to a special Verdict, to the further Consideration of the Judges , but no Evidence affecting Webb, she was Acquitted .

Elizabeth Williams, alias Davis, alias Mattocks , was a second time singly Indicted for Robbing one Richard Boyle of St. Martins in the Feilds , on the 3d of June , of a Sable Tippet, value 30 s. and several odd parcels of Linnen , some of which were found upon her Back. The Prisoner denied it with great Asseverations, but could prove nothing; so she was found Guilty to the value of Nine Shillings .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elizabeth Ranshaw , was Indicted for Robbing Edward Scot , Gent. of Westminster , on the 5th of June last, of a Gold Watch, value 10 l. a Silver Watch, value 5 l. six Silver Spoons, value 40 s. a Silk Hood, a Glass Bottel gilded, &c. but the Evidence being Circumstantial she was Acquitted .

Prescilla Long , was Tryed for Robbing John Shelton , Esq ; on the 7th of June last, of three Holland Shirts, seven Napkins, two Towels , and a Handkerchief, which she confest before Justice Ward, and did not deny it at her Tryal, only said she found them upon the Stayrs; but that was Insignificant, she was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Daniel Willcox , was Tryed for Robbing one William Fuller and one James Fawset of a pair of Velvet Breeches, value 10 s. some parcels of Linnen, &c. of good value , on the 27th of June last, particularly a Coat that was Mr. Fullers was found upon the prisoner's Back, all which was fully proved; so he was found Guilty of Felony.

[Transportation. See summary.]

D - S - , Gent. was Tryed for taking from Mary Mann , Widow , in Company of one not taken, on the 10th of June last, 15 Yards of Damask Silk, value 3 l. 10 s. 3 Yards of Fringe, value 20 s. 3 Yards of Silver Lace, value 5 s. &c. but the Witnesses could not charge the prisoner possitively, as to Matter of Fact, so he was Acquitted .

Marrow Pynes , was Tryed for stealing from Thomas Partridge 11 Yards of Bone-Lace, value 22 s. The prisoner came to buy Lace of Partridge, at the White Hart in Aldersgate-street , and slipt the Lace into her Sleeve, which she could not contradict; so she was found Guilty to the value of 9 s.

[Branding. See summary.]

Thomas Woodhall , was Indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard from Robert Goodall , value 5 l. The Evidence swore, That he took the Tankard away, and offered it to sale in Coleman-street, and being stopt, a Pistol charged 2 Inches deep was found in his Pocket; all which was fully sworn, and the prisoner was not able to gainsay it; so he was found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

John Killpatrick , a young Boy , was Tryed for stealing from Edward Edwards a Silver Tankard, value 5 l. which was found upon the prisoner. He was a second time Indicted, for stealing from one Henry Potts two Brass Candlesticks, value 3 s. all which was fully proved; so he was found Guilty of both the Indictments; upon the first for Felony, the second to the value of 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Mary Hutchins alias Smith , was Tryed for stealing a piece of Fustian from one Parkinson and one Drinkhill ; She came to the Shop, in Company with another Woman, to cheapen Goods, and the Stuff was found under her Petticoat ; this was plain Evidence, so she was found Guilty to the value of 9 s.

[Branding. See summary.]

Thomas Allen , was Tryed for Robbing Symon Fanshaw of two Silver Candlesticks, value 6 l. and other Goods ; but no Evidence appearing against him, he was immediately Acquitted .

H - S - was Tryed for the Murther of her own Natural Child, a Male Infant , on the 18th of June last. The Evidence was, That she was a very Melancholy Woman Naturally, and very poor, and she was seen to play with a Cork about the Mouth of it, and upon search the same was found in the Throat of the Child; but whether put there by violence or no, was doubtful. She had several Witnesses who declared, That she had always been a Melancholy Woman, so in the end she was Acquitted .

John Wilson and Martha Walters , were both Indicted for High-Treason, in Clipping the Currant Coyn of this Kingdom , on the 29th of May last. The Evidence was, That the prisoners were seen to rub Mony round the edges, with several other Corroborating Depositions, which was so clear to the Jury, that they were both found Guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

Mary Rosseter alias Cox , was Tryed for the same Fact, viz. in Clipping of Mony , on the 24th of June last. The Evidence against her, as to Matter of Fact, was, That there was a pair of Shears, and a Leather, and Scales, &c. fit for the work, found about her; as also one Evidence swore, That she saw her Clip one Shilling; yet the Gentlemen of the Jury not being fully satisfied as to the Credit of the Evidence, she was Acquitted .

William Gray and John Strutton , were Indicted for stealing from Henry Clarke , on the 19th of June last, one Silver Tankard, value 30 s. The Evidence said, That the prisoner Strutton was seen to give the Tankard to Gray through the pales, which he owned in Court. The other denyed it very impudently, but they being known to be Old Offenders, they were found Guilty of Felony.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Mary Potter and Anne Jones , were both Tryed for breaking the House of John Flat , and stealing away several Goods from him and one Peacock ; but the Witnesses being not fully possitive, they were both Acquitted .

James Barrow , was Tryed for breaking the House of the Right Honourable the Countess Dowager of Shaftsbury , in the Parish of St. James Clarkenwel , on the 21st of June , taking away from Francis Babbington , her Servant , a Coat and a pair of Sleeves , the prisoner and another were found in the House about 10 or 11 of the Clock at Night, but the prisoner was only taken. The prisoner denyed it, as also that he knew the other person that was with him; he was only found Guilty of Felony .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Mary Stretch and Katherine Seymor , were Tryed for stealing from William Smith , on the 25th of May last, a Serge pettycoat, value 40 s. a Sattin Mantua Gown, value 4 l. with other Goods, &c. It was sworn, That some of the Goods were found upon them, and they changed their Names, after they were gone from their Lodging. They could not deny it, so they were found Guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

Elizabeth Butler , was Tryed for Robbing one Elizabeth Jones , a Child , of 2 Gold Ear Rings, value 7 s. in the High-way . The prisoner Enticed the Child abroad from her Fathers House, and took them out of her Eares; but the Evidence could not swear that the Ear Rings were the same that the Child had on, so she was acquitted of the Indictiment; but she was a second time Indicted, together with one Dorothy Wright , for taking an Ear Ring out of the Ear of one Rebekah Groom , a Child likewise, of the Age of aboutYears. The Evidence said, That they both confessed it before the Justice; but they denyed it very stifly at their Tryal. They were both found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Anne Mansfeild , was Arraigned for stealing two Gold Rings, value 40 s. and other small Goods , on the 20th of May last. The Evidence swore, That the prisoner had confest the Fact, that she took the Rings out of a Drawer in one Willison s House in St. Clements Parish , which she denyed at the Tryal. The Prosecutor had the Rings again: she was found Guilty to the value of Nine Shillings .

[Branding. See summary.]

William Jones , was Tryed for breaking the House of Francis Rainsford , of St. Andrews Holburn , on the 12th of June last. Mr. Rainsford swore, That about 9 of the Clock at Night his House was Robbed of a Gold Watch, and a Locket, a Silver Cup, and other small Goods . The Prisoner was seen getting out at the Window, and by the Out-cry of Stop Thief he was soon seized; but the Window being open, he was Discharged of the Burglary, but found Guilty of the Felony .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Walter Strickland , Francis Strickland , Benjamin Hudson , Robert Horner , and John Pybus , Gentlemen , were all five Indicted and Tryed for the Murther of one Thomas Lashly , a Watch-man , on the 30th of May last. The Evidence in the general was, That the Prisoners came to the Watch-House, at the end of Queen-street, in the Ward of Cheap , about two of the Clock in the Morning, making a Noise in the Street, but being Interrupted by the Constable and Watch, some of them drew their Swords, and Walter Strickland Wounded the Constable in his Thigh and his Hand; after which a further Scuffle arose, in the midst of which Lashly the Watch-man was killed, by a Blow given him near his Left Eye, with a Staff, value 1 d. of which he dyed within a little time afterwards, and the rest of the Watch were very much abused by the Company, there being some other Persons in the Fewd besides the Prisoners. The Chyrurgeon said, That the Deceased's Scull was broke, and that the Wound was the Occasion of his Death. The Prisoners had no Evidence that saw the Matter of Fact, being in the Night-time, only in the general they said, That Mr. Walter Strickland was going out of Town by the Post, (as the Post-Master gave account) and the rest being his Friends were with him at the Ship Tavern, very late, in Cornhill drinking, and as they came by the Watch they abused them: But the Evidence for the King was, That they would not pass quietly; and although no Evidence was able to swear particularly which of them killed the Watch-man; yet the Judges acquainted the Jury, That where-ever any Officer (as a Watch-man, &c.) was kill'd, being in the immediate Service of the King, those Persons were by the Constitution of the Law of England to be found Guilty of Murther, and not of Manslaughter as the Jury Returned them all; for which they had a severe Repremand given them by the Court.

Mary Danbey and Edward Doyle , were Tryed for breaking the House of Edward Stretton of St. Martins in the Feilds , taking away 13 s. in Mony . Danbey had been the Prosecutors Servant , but some time after she had left his Service, she came to the House and Robbed him: But no Proof was brought against Doyle, he was Acquitted , but Danbey was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Edward Willis , was Tryed for stealing from William Lanson a pair of Flaxen Sheets, value 12 s. in June last. He was a Lodger in Lansons House, and hired the Room ready Furnished, for 18 d. a Week, and so stole the Sheets: The Matter was found Special, till further Consideration .

Valentine Knight , was Indicted for stealing from Peter Ball , on the 3d of June last, a Frize Coat, a Silk Hood and Scarf . He was taken going out of the House, with the Cloaths in his Custody, which he denyed, but yet he was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Lucy Davis, who was before Tryed by the Name of Elizabeth Williams alias Mattock , was again Tryed for Robbing her Lodging , viz. one James Bancroft s in Shoe-Lane . The Felony being doubtful, it was left to a Special Verdict .

Millicent Hummerson , was Tryed for Robbing one Rebekah Twyger and one Mary Meriddee , of a Stuff Gown, and some Scarves and Hoods , and Laces, on the 8th of June last. She was met upon the Stayrs with the Goods in her Apron, which she denyed; yet the Matter being plain, she was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Emme Bevis , was Indicted for stealing from the Lady Franklin , Widow , on the 10th of June last, 14 Guineas, 3 half Guineas, 2 pieces of broad Gold, of King Charles the First's Coyn, 2 broad pieces of Queen Elizabeth's Coyn . The Lady Franklin said, That she was her Servant , and was intrusted with the Gold; so it was only found a Breach of Trust in her and no Felony; because not Indicted upon the Statute of Henry VIII. for Felony. She was Acquitted .

Robert Trumbal , Robert Adderton , Anne Adderton , James Lashly and Thomas Toms alias Grange , together with one Gwin, not taken, were all Indicted for breaking the House of one Henry Thornycroft , of St. Martins in the Fields , in the County of Middlesex, on the 30th of May last, about the hours of 11 at Night, taking away a Gold Watch, value 8 l. 2 pair of Diamond Ear-Rings, value 10 l. six Silver Watches, value 20 l. eight Gold Seals set with Cornelion Heads, value 16 l. a Gold Ring set with a Ruby, value 6 l. another Seal, value 4 l. eight pair of Gold Buttons, value 10 l. another pair of Emmerauld Buttons, value 5 l. another pair of Diamonds value 5 l. another pair of Gold Ear-Rings, value 5 l. a Gold Ship, value 5 l. a Beza Stone, value 15 l. &c. The Witnesses swore, That the Goldsmith's Shop was broke open, the Lock being pickt; and Trumbal confest the Matter of Fact; besides he was seen to pick the Lock, and when taken he said, That he would discover the rest if they would be private, otherwise they were all blown up, &c. The Woman was Acquitted , being Adderton's Wife ; and the Pick-Locks were found in Tom's House, but he was not in the Fact; so was Acquitted , as also was Lashly, because no Evidence was found against him, as to Matter of Fact; but Robert Trumbal and Robert Adderton were both found Guilty of Felony and Burglary.

[Death. See summary.]

Richard Johnson , was Tryed for Robbing Francis Jakeman and Judith Hawter of several Silk Gowns, and Flanders Lace, and several other Goods of value , on the 14th of Decemb. last. The Goods were lost out of their House in the Old-Baily, but none could charge the Prisoner; so he was Acquitted .

John Huybert , a Dutch Soldier , was Tryed for killing one Henry Croule . The Evidence swore, That the Prisoner and the Deceased fell out when they were at Play at Cards, the Deceased being his Corporal , gave him a box on the Ear, and in a little time after, the Prisoner shot Croule with a Musquet Bullet, and gave him a Mortal Wound, of which he dyed; for which the Prisoner was found Guilty of Manslaughter .

[Branding. See summary.]

Thomas Walter , a Notorious High-way Man , was Tryed for Robbing one John Hosey , a Bristol Carrier , in the Kings High-way, on the 4th of March last, of 2 Mares, value 20 l. and several other Goods of good value . Hosey the Carrier swore, That the Prisoner and 4 or 5 more met him on Hounslow-heath , about 8 of the Clock at Night, and bound him and his Men, and then took away the Mares and Goods; upon which Evidence he was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

John Gwin , was Tryed for stealing a piece of Silk from one Mr. Rigbey : It was proved, that he sold the Silk, and he had been burnt in the Hand before; so he was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Thomas Ross , a Boy , for Publishing two Libels; the first Intituled, The Trimming Court Divine: The second about the late Lord Russell's Ghost ; for which Misdemeanour he was Fined one hundred Marks , and to stand on the Pillory at the Royal Exchange, Cornhill.

Edward Griffeth pleaded Their Majesties Pardon .

The Tryals being over, the Court gave Sentence as followeth:

Burnt in the Hand 7.

Thomas Woodhall, Marrow Pynes, Mary Hutchins, John Huybert, Mary Wade, Elizabeth Williams, and Anne Mansfeild.

To be Transported 6.

John Kill-patrick, Daniel Wilcox, William Gray, John Strutton, James Barrow, and William Jones.

Received Sentence of Death 11.

John Gwin, John Collet, Jane Williams, John Wilson, Martha Walters, Mary Streth, Katherine Seymor, Mary Danby, Robert Trumball, Robert Adderton, and Thomas Walters.

To be Whipt 5.

Valentine Knight, Millicent Hummerson, Prescilla Long, Elizabeth Butler, and Dorothy Wright.

Martha Walters pleading her Belly, she was found not with Child.

Edward Griffeth pleaded Their Majesties Pardon .

Walter Piggot, for Pulling in Guild-Hall as a Free-man of London, was Find 20 Nobles.

Thomas Ross , a Boy , for Publishing two Libels; the first Intituled, The Trimming Court Divine: The second about the late Lord Russell's Ghost ; for which Misdemeanour he was Fined one hundred Marks , and to stand on the Pillory at the Royal Exchange, Cornhill.

Walter Strickland and the other Gentlemen, who were found Guilty of Manslaughter for killing Thomas Lashly, all prayed the benefit of their Clergy; but an Appeal was brought against them for Murther.

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