Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 29 September 2022), July 1694, trial of Hugh Bowen (t16940711-38).

Hugh Bowen, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 11th July 1694.

Hugh Bowen was Indicted for Robbing one Mr. William Hughes upon the Highway near Chelsey a place called Bloody-Bridge , on the 10th of August , 1692. and took from him a silver Watch, several Guinea's a silver Buckle, and 19 l. in money . Mr. Hughes swore. That coming from Chelsey, about the dusk of the Evening, a man met him in Soldier 's habit, who past by him; and presently after the Prisoner met him laid hold of his Horses Bridle, and took him aside, the other coming back, bound him, viz. one Crawley; he desired them to be Civil; Ay, Damn you, if you will hold your Tongue. So they stript him of a Silk Wastecoat, besides other things, and then laid him by a Ditch-side. Mr. Hughes found the Prisoner afterwards in Reading Gaol, and knew him. The Prisoner strived to invalidate Mr. Hughes's Evidence, but could not; besides he broke Reading Gaol. Philip Macquire, who was executed about two years ago, gave Mr. Hughes an Account that the Prisoner and Crawley robbed him. Bowen could make no good Defence, only said he was in Ireland at the same time; but that did not appear, neither could he give any good Account of his Life: So he was found guilty .

[Death. See summary.]