Timothy Iredale.
15th January 1767
Reference Numbert17670115-26
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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114. (M.) Timothy Iredale was indicted, for that he, on the King's highway, on George Augustus Elliot , Esq ; did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and violently taking from his person 29 guineas his property, and against his will , Sept. 1 . +

George Augustus Elliot , Esq; On the first of September last, I was returning to my house in the parish of Ealing; my wife, daughter, and her maid were in the coach; we had four horses and two postilions, and a servant behind the coach; just at dusk, about a quarter before eight, turning off from the high road, beyond the six miles stone, a person passed me on horseback, whom I apprehend to be the prisoner, but do not swear it; he was on a very brisk trot, and looked into the coach; the coach was going pretty fast; when we got about 300 yards further, I found my coach stop suddenly; Mrs. Elliot looked out and

saw a man present a pistol to the postilion; she fell back, and had not strength to speak; that person came up, and put his pistol across into the coach to me, and said, your money, your money; I said, you shall have mine immediately, don't make a noise; I took my purse out and gave it him; in it was 29 guineas, or 29 guineas and a half; after that, he presented his pistol to the child's maid, who was sitting by her; she gave him some few shillings; he took it, and said, this is not all; you are hiding your money; upon which, he took his pistol out of the coach, and made a great shew of cocking it, and put it close to the maid's breast again. I then told him, you must know women carry very little money in their pockets; he then presented his pistol to the breast of my daughter; I do not know what he said; I said to him, you ought to be ashamed, don't you see that is a child; upon which, he paused a little, and went off. I looked stedfast in his face during the whole time. All the features, that I had in my mind do all resemble and answer the description that I gave the day after to Sir John Fielding ; the horse was either black or brown, with a rattish tail; he sat very well upon his horse, made me take notice of him; the prisoner answers to the description I gave; I chiresly observed he had a largish month, and a snub nose; and the pistol found, upon him answered to the pistol that was put into the coach.

John Turner . I was the wheel-postilion that drove the General; we had just turned out of the high-road; the prisoner rode by us; he looked into the coach; we were then upon a little common; the prisoner rode up into a lane, and then came back to us, and bid us stop; one slap of his hat was down; I did not stop directly; then he pulled a pistol out of his side pocket, and said, he would blow my brains out if I did not stop. I stopped; he rode up to the side of the coach, and said, your money, Sir, your money. The general said he should have it; he gave him his purse; after that, the prisoner asked the housekeeper for her money; she gave him some; I looked at him all the time; his side was towards me; I was on the near side, and he on the off side, so had a full view of him. Last sessions I was in Newgate; there were three or four men brought down with him; I fixed upon him as soon as I saw him; I am certain he is the man.

John Trueman . I was one of the fore-postilions that drove the general on the first of September, when the prisoner rode back; after he had past us, he held his singer up, and bid me stop; when he was about 15 or 20 yards from me, his hat was stapped before, but I could see his face; we did not stop directly; he pulled a pistol out, and said, if I did not stop directly, he would blow my brains out; then he went up to the coach; I saw him put the pistol into the coach.

Q. Did you observe his face?

Trueman. I did, and really believe the prisoner is the man, but do not positively swear to him.

William Milbourn and Thomas Andrews , two of the patrole, deposed they took the prisoner in custody, on suspicion of a highway robbery, with a brace of pistols upon him.

John Williams . I am the constable that had him in charge after the patrole took him, I had also his pistols, but have left them at Highgate.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence.

Guilty . Death .

There were four more indictments against him for highway robberies.


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