Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 December 2022), May 1691, trial of Margaret Beard (t16910527-14).

Margaret Beard, Theft > shoplifting, 27th May 1691.

Margaret Beard , a Girle , about 12 Years of Age, was Indicted for stealing a piece of Silk, value 6 l. from Mr. Coldicot , near Ludgate. She came to the Prosecutors Shop to buy some Silk, and stole away the piece afore said ; and when she was pursued, she dropt it out of her Pettycoat. She was very impudent in her Behaviour when taken, and had been an Old Offender, though Young; she said that she was drawn away by wicked Company: In the end she was Found Guilty , &c.

[Death -respited. See summary.]