Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 December 2023), January 1698, trial of Thomas Watts (t16980114-48).

Thomas Watts, Theft > burglary, 14th January 1698.

Thomas Watts of the Parish of St. James's, Liberty of Westminster , was Indicted for Felony and Burglary, for breaking the House of John Davis on the 4th of December about 8 at night, and taking thence two pair of Coach-glasses value 12 l. 12 Yards of green Velvet value 15 s. the Goods of his Royal Highness Prince George of Denmark . It appeared that the Prisoner having lodged in the Prosecutor's House, had Access to the place where his Royal Highnesses Chariot Stood, and carry'd off the Goods, which he brought to a Victualling house to be hid up for his use; where being question'd how he came by the Goods, said he brought them from Bristol, and afterwards that he bought them. The Burglary was no ways proved against him, and he having little to say in his defence, the Jury brought him Guilty of Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]