Thomas Taylor.
9th December 1691
Reference Numbert16911209-25
VerdictsGuilty; Guilty

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Thomas Taylor was arraigned, and tryed upon two several Indictments, the first for robbing one Ralph Azowby of Islington , of 2 Cloth Coats, value 45 s. 2. Silk Scarves, value 14 s. a Lac'd Tippet, and divers other small Goods . The Second for setting Fire on the Barn, and burning the Hay therein value, 30 s. being the Barn and Hay of one Thomas Sedgwick of Islington above said . The Evidence against him him was, that the Barn being near the House; on a sudden it fell a Fire, and the Prisoner was seen near it, Crying out, Fire, fire, after which whil'st the Family went out of the House, to quench the Fire; he went up Stairs into the Chamber, where the Prosecutor's Wife was and pretending to help her away with the Goods to save them from the Fire, he run away with the Parcels beforementioned; he denyed the Fact, but that was to no purpose for it was fully proved, so he was found Guilty of both Indictments.

Immediately after this, he was try'd upon a Third Indictment, for breaking the House of Seth Bunckley of Hackney , about Twelve a Clock at Night, on the 23 day of November last, and carrying thence, a Diaper Table-Cloth, value 3 l. 6 d. and some Napkins : The Evidence declared that the House was broke open, and the Goods were took in the Prisoner's custody; besides the same Night, the Robbery was done, there was another Barn burnt, near the same place said he found the

resented it as a most Notorious, New-found, base way, stealing, so he was found guilty of the Indictment.

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