Francis Osborn.
3rd September 1690
Reference Numbert16900903-24

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Francis Osborn , an High wayman , was tryed for robbing one Mr. Hugh Wells , on the 9th of August , at Benbridge-Hill ; about 8 Miles off in Hertfordshire, and taking from him a Stuff Coat, value 4 l. a Rapier with a Silver Hilt. value 40 s. and 10 s. in Mony . The Evidence was Mr. Wells, &c. who said, That 3 Men met him at Benbridge aforesaid, and knockt him off his Horse and stript him, and took away his Mony and Coat, and then rid away; but being pursued the Prisoner was found crept into a Hedge near Paddington, and being passed out and search'd 4 half Crowns were found about him; The Evidence swore positively. That he was the Man that robbed Mr. Wells, but the other two were got away. The Prisoner denyed it, and said, That he knew not the two Men that were with him,

and run into the Hedg, being affrighted, at the Pursuit: But the evidence was very positive against him, yet the Court gave him Leave to call some of his Neighbours, who gave a favourable account of his former behaviour; so upon the whole Matter he was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

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