JOHN BARCLAY.
11th September 1828
Reference Numbert18280911-257
VerdictGuilty
SentenceImprisonment

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1811. JOHN BARCLAY was indicted for bigamy .

MR. BOLLAND conducted the prosecution.

WILLIAM WILLIAMS . I am parish-clerk of St. Mary, Newington, Surrey. I find by this register, that on the 16th of December, 1824, John Barclay, bachelor, and Elizabeth Cornelius , spinster , were marriedin that church, by bans, in the presence of Charles Brand , and Elizabeth Gilliard .

ELIZABETH BRAND. My name was formerly Gilliard. I saw the prisoner married to Elizabeth Cornelius, in December, 1824; she is still living - I have not a doubt but the prisoner is the man.

ITHIEL PRICE . I am parish-clerk of St. Dunstan, Stepney . On the 25th of June, 1827 , there was a marriage in that church of John Barclay, bachelor, and Mary Phillips , spinster - I am quite certain the prisoner is the man who was married on that occasion.

Prisoner. Q. Did the Minister ask if we were of age? A. No. If he considers it a clandestine marriage, he does, but you brought two witnesses with you, and it appeared a proper marriage.

MR. BOLLAND. Q. Should you remember the woman if you saw her? A. Yes; she is in Court.

MARY PHILLIPS. I lived with the prisoner as his wife, after our marriage, for twelve months; he made away with my clothes, and the tickets of my property.

Prisoner. Q. What age were you? A. Twenty.

Prisoner's Defence. I was deceived by my first wife; we lived together some time, when she absconded to live

with a man named Lacey; I was afterwards given to understand where they lived - I went and saw her, and proposed her return, but she rejected it; I then became acquainted with Mary Phillips, and she became my wife, and we lived comfortable for twelve months; I was then out of employ, which caused her to apply to the parish, and they made inquiries - it has been stated that I pawned her clothes, but they did not exceed 2l. in value; I was under age when I married my first wife, and my last wife was under age when I married her. I hope you will be as lenient as possible, as both the acts were committed without due consideration.

GUILTY . Aged 24.

Confined Six Months .


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