Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 10 May 2021), January 1681, trial of Elizabeth Wigenton (t16810117-1).

Elizabeth Wigenton, Killing > murder, 17th January 1681.

THE Sessions began at the Old-Bailey, on Monday the 17th of this instant January, (being put off the Wednesday before, by reason of the sitting at Guildhal) where were these following proceedings. Elizabeth Wigenton of Ratcliff Parish , was Tryed for the Murther of a Girl about Thirteen years of age, which was her Apprentice , the manner of the Murder being thus: She being by Trade a Coat-maker , and having set the Girl upon a Piece of Work, she had not done it so well as she required, whereupon, she beat her grievously, the which not sufficing her cruel rage, she went and got a bundle of rods, (and a man to hold her) with which, after she had bound her, she whiped her so unmercifully, that the blood ran down like rain; yet could she not be perswaded to desist, till the Girl fainted away with crying, and of her unmerciful usage in a short time dyed. Upon her Tryal she pleaded little in her own defence, onely saying, that she did not think to kill her. So that it being proved that she had been a cruel Woman by all her Neighbours, she was found guilty of wilful Murther.

[Death. See summary.]