Morgan Bourne.
14th October 1695
Reference Numbert16951014-24
VerdictsGuilty
SentencesDeath

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Morgan Bourne of the Parish of Stepney , was Indicted for Clipping the Currant Coin of the Kingdom , and was likewise Indicted for Coyning False Guineas ; it appeared that he did bring flatted pieces of false Gold to Quested's House at Hornsey, which he said was done by the best Workman in England, and that it was but two Parts in four Gold, and did Coin it into Guineas, that he had followed this Trade for Three years; and it was farther proved against him, that he did Clip the Friday before he was taken at his House at Mile-End ; and in searching of his House they found a paper of Clippings, Crucibles, and a File, and a great pair of Shears in the Stables, and a paper of Filings in the House, and in an old Trunk they found a parcel of Brass Money, and in the Stable they found the [Text unreadable in original.]ock in which Mr. Quested's Press stood: There was Evidence that said, that he had seen him Coin Half Crowns at Sutton in Surrey. The Prisoner utterly denied it, and said that he was bred a Merchant , and that formerly he had had a Ship and Cargo of his own, and that he never did any such thing in all his life. But the Jury having considered the matter, found him Guilty of both the Indictments.

[Death. See summary.]


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