Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 25 October 2014), December 1789, trial of ELIZABETH M'DOUGAL (t17891209-99).

ELIZABETH M'DOUGAL, Theft > grand larceny, 9th December 1789.

100. ELIZABETH M'DOUGAL was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of November , a cotton gown, value 18 s. a black petticoat, value 30 s. three pair of muslin ruffles, value 7 s. three muslin borders for caps, value 10 d. the property of Sarah Bellamy .

SARAH BELLAMY sworn.

I live at Birmingham, I lost the articles mentioned in the indictment, from the Birmingham coach.

JOHN WILLAN sworn.

I drive the Birmingham and Shrewsbury coach to the Bull and Mouth Inn, Bull and Mouth-street .

THOMAS KNIGHTLY sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Knightly, pawnbroker, in Smithfield; I produce a cotton gown and silk petticoat, on the 11th of November; the prisoner at the bar pledged these things for eleven shillings; I know no more, I never saw the prisoner before; I am sure she is the same person.

JOHN CLARK sworn.

I am a marshalman; I went with two others to apprehend the prisoner; in the room we were informed she lodged, we found these things, some upon the prisoner; I do not know it was her lodgings; I took the prisoner a mile and a half from hersupposed lodging; she had this cap on her head, and these muslin ruffles on her arms, and another pair on her person, and a cap border; I have had them in my possession ever since.

Prosecutrix. I know them to be mine, by a mark I put on them myself, S. B. I lost them on the 9th of November; I put them into the bundle at Birmingham, and had them with me all the way on the road; the prisoner came in the coach with me; I saw it last at the Bull and Mouth Inn, in London, I did not miss them till the third day after I came to town; we came to the inn about four o'clock on the Tuesday; on the Friday I missed them; they were tied up in a cloth and put in the coach seat; I left them in the coach while we supped; the prisoner brought no bundle into the coach, but took one out; she told me where she lived; but I did not find her by that direction precisely, but I found her near the spot.

The prisoner called four witnesses who gave her a good character.

GUILTY .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.