Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 10 October 2015), May 1777, trial of ANN ELLIOTT MARY FISHER (t17770514-34).

ANN ELLIOTT, MARY FISHER, Theft > grand larceny, 14th May 1777.

386, 387. ANN ELLIOTT and MARY FISHER were indicted for stealing one black crape gown, value 4 s. one black stuff gown, value 2 s. two brown camblet gowns, value 8 s. three brass candlesticks, value 4 s. a white linen apron, value 1 s. three quart pewter pots, value 3 s. and a black mourning cloak, value 21 s. the property of William Alloway , April 10th .

(The witnesses were examined apart at the request of the prisoner.)


I am a coachman and live in Liquor Pond-street : on the 10th of last April I lost the gowns and the other things mentioned in the indictment out of a box in my room; I saw them about half an hour before I missed them; I have never found any of them since the prisoners were in my room to see my wife's mother, who lay dead at the time and was buried that evening.


I saw Mary Fisher come out of the prosecutor's house with a large bundle of cloaths.

When? - Upon the 10th of April, between 6 and 7 o'clock.

Was the other prisoner with her? - I don't know.

Do you know what was in the bundle? - I do not.

ANN WELLS sworn.

I heard a publican had lost his pots; I happened to say I saw Ann Elliot go by wit h a bundle and drop two pint pots out of the bundle.

When did you see her with the bundle? - The 10th of April, to the best of my knowledge.

Where did you see her? - In Laystall-street; something rattled in the bundle, and the bundle appeared to be black.


As I was coming down Laystall-street I met the two prisoners; Mary Fisher had the bundle in her apron; I saw it was black; I saw no more.

What time of day was it? - About 7 o'clock at night as near as I can guess.


I went to the burial of the prosecutor's mother-in-law; the things mentioned in the indictment were left in the apartment.

What day was that? - The 10th of April, I believe: the things were pulled off and laid in a box and the undertaker put the cloak on the box; the undertaker locked the door after us and put the key in his pocket; he followed us down stairs; when we returned, he was the first that went up stairs; when he got up, he said the door was broke open; the prisoners were in the room before we went to the funeral; they knew the woman that was deceased some years I believe.

The prisoners were not put upon their defence.


Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr Baron HOTHAM .