Andrew Hill, Morgan Reading.
2nd July 1684
Reference Numbert16840702-8

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Andrew Hill and Morgan Reading Indicted for Felony and Burglary, in breaking and entring the House of the Right Noble his Grace James Duke of Ormond , on the 7th. of June last, between 11 and 12 at Night, with Intent to Rob and Steal . Upon the Tryal, it appeared that Andrew Hill had been formerly a Foot-man to the Dutchess of Ormond, but turned away for Misdemeanour; which Hill meeting and drinking with a Foot-man that now lives in the Family, enticed him to be assisting in Robbing the House of the Plate, and other things, to a great value, promising him a 100 l. Reward, to be paid him the next Night after such Robbery: To effect which, Hill endeavoured to get two other notorious Pick-Locks to help him. But they being at that time otherwise employed, he took this Morgan Reading for his Partner: They had determined to go soon after for the Highlands of Scotland, where they might live securely, and become Men of Substance. But it so fell out, that the Foot-man who was to assist them by leaving a Window unshut, and that was to have this 100 l. went and discovered it to the Steward; who, against the time they were to come, provided armed Men to seize them. Hill was gotten through two Rooms, Reading stood at the Door: however, both were found guilty of Burglary.

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